Pilot program eyes college success for students with vision loss

A new ADRS College Prep program specifically for students who are blind or have low vision will debut this June at Auburn University. The two-week program – called College Quest – will host a dozen students from around Alabama, with at least one student from each of the seven workforce regions of the state, saidContinue reading “Pilot program eyes college success for students with vision loss”

JeffCo high schoolers begin Career Journey with stop at UAB (photo gallery)

More than 120 high school students from 30 Jefferson County schools are participating this week in “Money Express” at the Collat School of Business on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “Money Express” was developed by Stephanie Yates, an associate professor in the UAB School of Business and director of the Institute ofContinue reading “JeffCo high schoolers begin Career Journey with stop at UAB (photo gallery)”

Deaf Services celebrates 30th anniversary of annual training

VRS-Deaf Services recently marked the 30th anniversary of their annual training retreat at Alabama’s 4-H Center in Columbiana. Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw joined the group for day two of the three-day training, where she provided an update to staff on departmental activities and led a mock interview session for 33 juniors and seniors from the Alabama School forContinue reading “Deaf Services celebrates 30th anniversary of annual training”

‘Mentoring Day’ preps Decatur-area high school students for next step (photo gallery)

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) and Athens State University teamed up to host Mentoring Day, a transition event to prepare students with disabilities for life after high school. Approximately 130 students from nine area high schools attended yesterday’s event on the Athens State campus. Attendees participated in a career fair, campus tour, andContinue reading “‘Mentoring Day’ preps Decatur-area high school students for next step (photo gallery)”

‘Transition Unlimited’ unifies transition efforts statewide

A collaboration between ADRS and Auburn University to improve transition services to students is currently being implemented in every high school in the state. The Alabama pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) initiative – dubbed “Transition Unlimited” – is designed to build capacity and connect services to appropriately implement transition services throughout the state. Its goal is to provideContinue reading “‘Transition Unlimited’ unifies transition efforts statewide”

Thirty-five students graduate 2016 edition of Youth Leadership Forum (photo gallery)

Thirty-five students with disabilities are now graduates of this year’s Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum (YLF). The 18th edition of the program took place last week on the campus of Troy University and was sponsored by ADRS. YLF is an innovative, intensive, five-day career leadership training program for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities throughout Alabama. Program activities focusContinue reading “Thirty-five students graduate 2016 edition of Youth Leadership Forum (photo gallery)”

Teen Transition Career Fair draws crowd (photo gallery, video)

Students and teachers from schools throughout the Birmingham area gathered March 16 for Teen Transition Career Fair 2016. The half-day event was sponsored by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Exceptional Education Department and Career Technical Program of Bessemer City Schools. More than 300 students flocked to the Bessemer Civic Center to learn aboutContinue reading “Teen Transition Career Fair draws crowd (photo gallery, video)”

Students around state attend Smart Work Ethics training

Transition-age students around the state are participating in a new course that focuses on the development of the “soft” skills necessary to help them succeed in the workplace. The eight-part course – known as Smart Work Ethics – focuses on attitude and work ethic development; dress code, hygiene and grooming standards; interpersonal skills; problem solving and critical thinking; organizationalsContinue reading “Students around state attend Smart Work Ethics training”

Shelby County Career Prep program participants learn teamwork

The 2015 session of Shelby County Career Prep continues this week. The nine-day workshop, which began last June 2, prepares high school juniors and seniors with disabilities for the world of work. Last week, the students traveled to Camp McDowell in Winston County to participate in a number of fun activities designed to foster aContinue reading “Shelby County Career Prep program participants learn teamwork”

2015 edition of Youth Leadership Forum graduates 34

Thirty-four students with disabilities are now graduates of this year’s Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum (YLF). The program, now in its 17th year, took place this week on the campus of Troy University and was sponsored by ADRS. On Wednesday, the students toured the state Capitol and attended a mentor luncheon at the RSA Activity Center in Montgomery. YLF isContinue reading “2015 edition of Youth Leadership Forum graduates 34”

ADRS, delegates prep for 17th YLF

Delegates are set to arrive for the 17th annual Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) in Troy, May 31 through June 4. Each year, the event better equips high school juniors and seniors with disabilities to take charge of their own lives through self-esteem, self-advocacy, and independent living skills. With 38 delegates expected to attend,Continue reading “ADRS, delegates prep for 17th YLF”

Students explore career options at Birmingham-area Transition Career Fair

Some 300 students with disabilities, parents, and educators attended today’s Teen Transition Career Fair held at Boutwell Auditorium in downtown Birmingham. Students and educators from Bessemer City, Birmingham, Fairfield, Homewood, Hoover, Jefferson County, Midfield, Mountain Brook, Tarrant, and Vestavia Hills school systems participated in the half-day event, which featured more than 75 exhibitors sharing informationContinue reading “Students explore career options at Birmingham-area Transition Career Fair”

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”

‘A-Team’ tackles accommodations issues with cross-divisional approach

The ADRS A-Team — that’s the accommodations team — isn’t taking pity or prisoners when it comes to helping all consumers achieve their maximum potential. The team’s innovative approach targets consumers with the most-significant disabilities, and cleverly uses creative solutions through rehabilitation technology to better prepare individuals for life at home, school, work, and in theContinue reading “‘A-Team’ tackles accommodations issues with cross-divisional approach”

Employers provide feedback at Transition Think Tank meeting

The Birmingham-area Transition Think Tank Committee held its quarterly meeting at the Jefferson County Workforce Development office building Dec. 11. The meeting featured panelists representing ACIPCO (American Cast Iron Pipe Company), Brookwood Medical Center, CEFA (Construction Education Foundation of Alabama), Lowe’s, and Regions Bank discussing issues that they face as employers. The meeting was designedContinue reading “Employers provide feedback at Transition Think Tank meeting”