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)”

Business Relations Administrator Peggy Anderson’s retirement reception (photo gallery + video)

Members of the Rehab Family gathered Sept. 29 to honor Business Relations Administrator Peggy Anderson for her more than 35 years of loyal service to Alabamians with disabilities. Friends, family, community partners, and colleagues as well as founding ADRS Commissioner Lamona Lucas gathered to celebrate Anderson’s many contributions as a passionate advocate for the creationContinue reading “Business Relations Administrator Peggy Anderson’s retirement reception (photo gallery + video)”

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”

Employment training conference brings ‘Carnival of Careers’ to Andalusia (photo gallery + video)

The Covington County Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities (CCCEPD) hosted its 11th annual Employment Training Conference for area youth April 11 in Andalusia. The one-day training connected more than 240 high school students with disabilities from 10 area schools with different and exciting employment opportunities to explore and expand their horizons within the community. Jobs in publicContinue reading “Employment training conference brings ‘Carnival of Careers’ to Andalusia (photo gallery + video)”

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”

Video to showcase ADRS Business Relations versatility

A video project that will be used as part of a best practices toolkit for the 80 vocational rehabilitation agencies nationwide will feature several Alabama businesses as partners of the ADRS Business Relations Program. Once completed, the video – entitled Focus on Alabama: Business Engagement at Five Phases – will serve as a companion to a toolkit on the five differentContinue reading “Video to showcase ADRS Business Relations versatility”

Burdeshaw makes first field visit as commissioner (photo gallery)

New ADRS Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw made the first of many field office visits July 14, when she toured ADRS-Lakeshore and the CRS CP Neuro Clinic at Children’s South Pediatric Outpatient Center. Commissioner Burdeshaw also made time to visit Homewood CRS staff before attending the quarterly Alabama Business Leadership Network (ABLN) board meeting in the afternoon. Burdeshaw plans similar visits toContinue reading “Burdeshaw makes first field visit as commissioner (photo gallery)”

Employment training conference awakens the work force (video, photo gallery)

The Covington County Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities (CCCEPD) sponsored a one-day employment training conference for area youth May 4 in Andalusia. Each year, the conference connects more than 150 high school students with disabilities from 10 area schools with different and exciting employment opportunities to explore within the community. Former University ofContinue reading “Employment training conference awakens the work force (video, photo gallery)”

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”

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”

ADRS business relations coordinator leads Southern Company recruitment training

An advanced disability training for recruiters representing all four branches of the Southern Company took place earlier this summer at the Southern Company headquarters in Atlanta. Peggy Anderson, state coordinator of business relations with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS), spearheaded the training for recruiters of Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, and Mississippi Power.Continue reading “ADRS business relations coordinator leads Southern Company recruitment training”