ADRS Med Aspects conference offers training opportunity for staff

The ADRS Medical Aspects of Disability Conference attracted some 250 EI, CRS, VRS, and SAIL staff to the Hyatt Regency in Birmingham. The two-day conference featured 16 distinct concurrent sessions on such topics as diabetes, dementia, traumatic brain injury and vision, dysphagia, professional ethics, seizures and epilepsy, spasticity management, Parkinson’s disease, “hearing privilege,” and stroke.

Class prepares people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing for work

  The Montgomery office of VRS-Deaf Services is holding a five-day Job Readiness Class this week to equip job seekers with hearing impairments with the information necessary to ensure success on the job. During the course, attendees are learning how to better market themselves when meeting potential employers, receiving advice from several area employers and job training providers including WellsContinue reading “Class prepares people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing for work”

New transition training boosts employability, communication skills

A new course for transition-age VR consumers focuses on the development of “soft” skills and other characteristics students need to remember as they seek to make an positive impression on future employers. Smart Work Ethics (SWE) is an eight-part comprehensive training series for workforce employability skills and is designed to deliver information and positively change behavior, attitudes, and workContinue reading “New transition training boosts employability, communication skills”

ADRS, Easter Seals dedicate site for new Tuscaloosa facility

An enthusiastic crowd braved near-freezing temperatures to attend today’s site dedication for the new Easter Seals West Alabama facility in Tuscaloosa. The 56,000-square-foot complex will feature three floors, with Alabama’s Early Intervention System offices and Children’s Rehabilitation Service offices and clinic space occupying the first floor and office space for Vocational Rehabilitation Service and StateContinue reading “ADRS, Easter Seals dedicate site for new Tuscaloosa facility”

Teen Transition Clinic important piece of ADRS ‘continuum of services’

The transition to adult life is difficult, but it can be especially complicated for teenagers with disabilities. There are a number of challenges to consider: postsecondary education, work, family life, adult health care, functional independence and mobility, independent living, and recreation. In terms of transition, one size does not fit all. Each individual faces uniqueContinue reading “Teen Transition Clinic important piece of ADRS ‘continuum of services’”

10th Technology Symposium for the Blind attracts 300 visitors

The 10th Technology Symposium for the Blind was held Jan. 7 at the E.H. Gentry Facility in Talladega. More than 300 people attended eight concurrent sessions, visited the 15+ exhibitors, and saw the ‘self-driving’ 2016 Honda Pilot. The new Pilot features Honda Sensing™ technology, a suite of technologies designed to expand the driver’s situational awareness while sensing andContinue reading “10th Technology Symposium for the Blind attracts 300 visitors”