New software development process to improve efficiency, productivity

On Oct. 1, ADRS Computer Services will officially switch to a new software development methodology aimed to increase efficiency and productivity. The new approach – which is being implemented now through trials – is called “Scrum.” It is the best-known variant of several “agile” software development strategies. Agile software development is nimble and promotes adaptive planning, quick development, early delivery, and continuous improvement.Continue reading “New software development process to improve efficiency, productivity”

Summer hectic time as CRS offices host wheelchair washes (photo gallery)

Summer is a busy time for CRS offices around the state as they host events for their families. The events give staff an opportunity to interact with and get to know families in a fun, relaxed environment. Enjoy these snapshots from events held in Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, and Muscle Shoals.

Commissioner visits Muscle Shoals offices, Blind Services staff retreat (photo gallery)

Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw visited the CRS and VRS offices in Muscle Shoals recently, introducing herself to and getting to know staff serving the northwest section of the state. While in the area, Burdeshaw also toured the new facility for Muscle Shoals CRS, which is currently being renovated. CRS staff are scheduled to re-locate to their new building Oct. 1.Continue reading “Commissioner visits Muscle Shoals offices, Blind Services staff retreat (photo gallery)”

Francisco becomes new director of HRD

Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw recently named Tracy Francisco the department’s new director of Human Resource Development (HRD). Francisco’s promotion was effective Aug. 16. She joined ADRS in May 2015 as the department’s personnel manager. “When I first arrived at ADRS,” Francisco said, “it immediately felt like home to me. What excites me most about this promotion isContinue reading “Francisco becomes new director of HRD”

CRS updates Alabama families at State PAC meeting (photo gallery)

Families from across the state met with CRS and ADRS leaders yesterday at the State Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) to discuss current initiatives. Following a welcome from State Parent Consultant Susan Colburn, ADRS Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw introduced herself and spoke about her career in rehabilitation. As guest speaker, Robin Rawls, communications director for AlabamaContinue reading “CRS updates Alabama families at State PAC meeting (photo gallery)”

Gov. Bentley tours Montgomery CRS seizure clinic (photo gallery)

  Governor Robert Bentley on Wednesday toured the Children’s Rehabilitation Service Seizure Clinic in Montgomery. Governor Bentley met with some doctors and families impacted by Medicaid funds. In FY 2016, Children’s Rehabilitation Service (CRS) has received $12,124,985 in Medicaid reimbursements which accounts for 43% of the total CRS budget.