A Q&A with SAIL Director Lisa Alford

Rehab news spoke with Lisa Alford following her first two weeks on the job as the new director of the SAIL program. “Listen in” on the conversation here: RN: Lisa, you’ve now been the SAIL director for two weeks after spending 25 years in VR. Has this change in direction been difficult in any way for you? Alford: I startedContinue reading “A Q&A with SAIL Director Lisa Alford”

Overstreet’s journey: from stay-at-home mom to Jackson CRS office coordinator

Before Jennifer Overstreet gave birth to her daughter, she didn’t give much thought to the many issues that families of children with disabilities face in the state of Alabama. Today, Overstreet is a far cry from where she was 25 years ago. Recently named the new office coordinator for the CRS office in Jackson, she overseesContinue reading “Overstreet’s journey: from stay-at-home mom to Jackson CRS office coordinator”

Wounded Warrior visits CRS Limb Deficiency Clinic

Children attending today’s Homewood CRS Limb Deficiency Clinic had the opportunity to visit with a soldier who lost a limb as a result of a service-related injury. The visit was part of a pilot program of the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2). If successful, the program will be expanded to sites in San Diego andContinue reading “Wounded Warrior visits CRS Limb Deficiency Clinic”

Federal reviewers visit Montgomery for CRS block grant, needs assessment review

Children’s Rehabilitation Service presented its five-year needs assessment survey results at the annual block grant review held Aug. 14 at the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). The needs assessment is conducted every five years by agencies that receive money through the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant. The survey helps state maternalContinue reading “Federal reviewers visit Montgomery for CRS block grant, needs assessment review”

300 attend Muscle Shoals CRS carnival, wheelchair wash

Earlier this month, the CRS office in Muscle Shoals hosted the inaugural Carnival and Wheelchair Wash for children with special health care needs. The carnival, planned and coordinated by Muscle Shoals CRS staff, attracted 300 local children and adults, with 40 volunteers pitching in to wash 25 wheelchairs. The free event was held at SpringContinue reading “300 attend Muscle Shoals CRS carnival, wheelchair wash”

Birmingham-area artist volunteers time at Homewood CRS clinic

A popular art program at the CRS office in Homewood is continuing, thanks to the generosity of a Birmingham-area artist and Homewood CRS staff. Since 2005, the program – funded through a grant to VSA Alabama – has given children attending clinics at the Homewood office an opportunity to explore their artistic side while waitingContinue reading “Birmingham-area artist volunteers time at Homewood CRS clinic”