Soliday a success story for Ready to Work program

With a strong support system, a lot of hard work, and a positive attitude, Shonna Soliday has paved the way for others to find success through the Ready To Work (RTW) program. Soliday, with assistance from Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Dena Dodd and E.H. Gentry, recently became the first student to complete the program and securedContinue reading “Soliday a success story for Ready to Work program”

READI-Net offers medical aspects of disability training for employers (photo gallery)

More than 100 people, representing some 50 employers, recently attended the Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disability in the Workplace mini-conference at the Trussville Civic Center. The daylong workshop featured a number of expert panels discussing orthopedic disorders, internal disorders, deafness/hearing loss, reasonable accommodations, mental illness and cognitive disorders, and trauma disorders. Participating employers includedContinue reading “READI-Net offers medical aspects of disability training for employers (photo gallery)”

Statewide AGCEPD awards ceremony honors businesses, exceptional people with disabilities (photo gallery + video)

  The Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities honored the success and contributions of individuals with disabilities in the workforce and recognized businesses that provide opportunities for successful employment for people with disabilities. The winners were recognized at a Dec. 7 ceremony/reception in the Old Archives Chamber of the Alabama State Capitol.Continue reading “Statewide AGCEPD awards ceremony honors businesses, exceptional people with disabilities (photo gallery + video)”

Employers weigh in on value of VR services at business roundtable (photo gallery)

  Representatives from 20 employers from around the state gathered recently for a business roundtable on disability in the workplace. Alabama was one of five states – California, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania being the others – to participate in the event as part of the Council for State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation’s strategic planning initiative, knownContinue reading “Employers weigh in on value of VR services at business roundtable (photo gallery)”

Leslie Dawson readies for Business Relations administrator role

With the Oct. 1 retirement of Statewide Business Relations Administrator Peggy Anderson, Leslie Dawson is preparing to fill some very big shoes. In August, ADRS Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw named Dawson to succeed Anderson as the department’s business relations administrator and a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT). “I’m honored and humbled,” Dawson saidContinue reading “Leslie Dawson readies for Business Relations administrator role”

BRC teams with library to find gold at end of ‘Beautiful Rainbow’

When the Beautiful Rainbow Catering Company and Garden officially opened its doors inside the Gadsden Public Library on Valentine’s Day, it was a cause of celebration for everyone involved. The library café is the latest component of a larger garden-to-table education curriculum for adolescents and young adults with significant cognitive disabilities in the Gadsden City Schools. In addition to operating the area’sContinue reading “BRC teams with library to find gold at end of ‘Beautiful Rainbow’”

Business relations consultants gather for quarterly meeting (photo gallery)

Staff from the ADRS Business Relations Program held their quarterly meeting at Cheaha State Park earlier this week. The three-day retreat included sessions on important employment issues as well as updates on the RAVE program, business relations consultant specialty areas, and the U.S. Business Leadership Network.

VA Employer Summit a success

Nearly 90 representatives from more than 50 companies around the Southeast recently attended the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) Employer Breakfast Summit at Trenholm State Community College in Montgomery. With ADRS as a partner, the summit enabled employers to facilitate a discussion on hiring veterans with different organizations to support their efforts uponContinue reading “VA Employer Summit a success”

Awards ceremony honors businesses, exceptional people with disabilities

The Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities – a program of ADRS – honored the success and contributions of individuals with disabilities in the workforce and recognized businesses that provide opportunities for successful employment for people with disabilities. The winners were recognized at a Dec. 1 ceremony/reception in the Old Archives ChamberContinue reading “Awards ceremony honors businesses, exceptional people with disabilities”

ADRS celebrates 20 years of independence

Twenty years. Four commissioners. Six sites. The statewide commemoration of the department’s 20th anniversary kicked off Monday, Sept. 14, in Mobile and wrapped up two weeks later in Huntsville. Founding Commissioner Lamona Lucas made a special appearance at events in Mobile and Montgomery. Former Commissioner Winona Nelson spoke to the Montgomery group, and Former Commissioner SteveContinue reading “ADRS celebrates 20 years of independence”

North Alabama transition event prepares students for work world

More than 150 high school students from Limestone and Morgan counties recently participated in Transition Mentoring Day on the campus of Calhoun Community College in Tanner. The half-day event – sponsored by VRS and the North Alabama Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities – featured sessions on disability awareness, job interviewing skills, employment readiness,Continue reading “North Alabama transition event prepares students for work world”

Employment training conference encourages teens to outwit, outwork, outlast

The Covington County Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities (CCCEPD) sponsored a one-day employment training conference for area youth, held April 8 in Andalusia. The theme of the 9th annual conference was Survivor: The Employment Edition. The event connected more than 150 high school students with disabilities from 10 area schools to several differentContinue reading “Employment training conference encourages teens to outwit, outwork, outlast”

Statewide awards honor businesses, exceptional people with disabilities

The Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities honored the success and contributions of individuals with disabilities in the workforce and recognized businesses that provide opportunities for successful employment for people with disabilities. The winners were recognized at a Dec. 16 ceremony/reception in the Old Archives Chamber of the Alabama State Capitol. Gov.Continue reading “Statewide awards honor businesses, exceptional people with disabilities”

Montgomery area AGCEPD awards ceremony

The Montgomery Area Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities held its 34th annual awards luncheon Oct. 9th, honoring businesses, individuals with disabilities, professionals, transition youth, and educators. The Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities educates the public about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and promotes greater independence forContinue reading “Montgomery area AGCEPD awards ceremony”

Innovative ADRS business partner invited to White House roundtable

An ADRS business partner has been invited to be part of an audience discussion at the White House regarding unique and innovative strategies on hiring persons with disabilities during a “Champions of Change” event Oct. 14. Doug Parks, director of the Office Depot distribution center in McCalla, is one of a few employers nationwide selectedContinue reading “Innovative ADRS business partner invited to White House roundtable”