Unique in the nation, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services is comprised of state and federal programs that provide a continuum of services from birth through life for Alabamians with disabilities. ADRS has four major programs:
EI coordinates services statewide for infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays from birth to age 3, preparing them and their families for the transition to the State Department of Education's preschool program for 3-to-5-year-olds or other community programs.
EI also provides financial and technical support to some 50 community programs that provide early intervention services and expertise to eligible families.
CRS provides individualized services to children with special health care needs from birth to age 21 and their families at home, school, and in the community. In addition, CRS provides disability services, expertise, and adaptive technology to and for local school systems, assisting teachers, school nurses and other staff in the education of children with disabilities. The CRS Hemophilia Program serves Alabama’s children and adults with this life-threatening blood disorder.
The department's largest division, VRS provides rehabilitation, education and employment-related services to teens and adults with disabilities. Every year, the VRS Business Relations Program provides disability management and employee placement services to Alabama businesses. The Business Enterprise Program for Alabamians who are blind and visually impaired promotes independence through the operation of vending operations, snack bars and cafeterias in locations statewide.
SAIL provides services to Alabamians who have catastrophic congenital disabilities or disabilities resulting from spinal cord or head injuries. SAIL/Homebound staff provide education and support services to families with children and adults with severe disabilities to make them more independent in the home, community, or workplace to maximize their educational experience.
STAR is funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 as amended in 2004. The mission of STAR is to increase the provision of, access to, and funding for assistive technology for Alabamians of all ages and all disabilities through a variety of comprehensive activities and services available statewide.
ADRS-Lakeshore is a community rehabilitation program that assists people with significant disabilities in achieving their dreams – whether they lead to vocational training, college, or directly to employment.
ADRS' rehabilitation technology specialists assist consumers with job and transportation accommodations, home modifications, and adaptive computer service access. They provide job site and task analysis assessments and architectural accessibility surveys, and recommend modifications for tools, equipment, furnishings, and adaptive technologies. These specialists also train consumers, staff, and others in the use of assistive technology.
Our Mission: To enable Alabama's children and adults with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential
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