ADRS- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

ADRS- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Services and programs for consumers who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened or deaf-blind The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services provides quality services to consumers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or late-deafened.
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Services are provided by professionals trained in the unique communication issues, technology, and culture of this population.

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The College Prep program continued last week with a session at Jacksonville State University focusing on deaf and hard-o...
06/21/2021

The College Prep program continued last week with a session at Jacksonville State University focusing on deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Throughout the week, participants learned about accommodations and assistive technology available to provide them with what is needed to reach their maximum potential. Most importantly, everyone had lots of fun and got excited about life after high school! #ADRSfamily

Auburn University’s Vocational Evaluation Forensic Certificate (VEFC) is a newly funded training certificate by the Reha...
06/11/2021
Vocational Evaluation Forensic Certificate – College of Education

Auburn University’s Vocational Evaluation Forensic Certificate (VEFC) is a newly funded training certificate by the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Education. We are excited to offer this training certificate both to students and professionals interested in furthering their education and professional development.

Our main objective for the VEFC program is employment: 1) that an increased number of people will be trained in evidenced-based practices and current vocational evaluation and forensic techniques, and 2) that by implementing these skills, individuals with disabilities will find greater and more positive employment outcomes.

In short, our program is a one-year, six-course training certificate that can be completed in person or via distance education. Students and professionals with a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree are eligible. We have 15 scholarships available and applications will be accepted until all spots are filled. For additional information, please visit our website at http://vefc.auburn.edu/ or contact [email protected].

The Vocational Evaluation Forensic Certificate program is a short-term training certificate that exists for professionals and paraprofessionals who desire to work in the field of vocational rehabilitation. This certificate incorporates current knowledge and training on societal trends in the areas o...

Great message on display at the Huntsville Children's Rehabilitation Service office.
05/25/2021

Great message on display at the Huntsville Children's Rehabilitation Service office.

Great message on display at the Huntsville Children's Rehabilitation Service office.

A CODA Story!
05/11/2021
Google — A CODA Story

A CODA Story!

As a CODA, or “child of deaf adults,” Tony has always straddled two worlds. And now that he hasn’t been able to see his parents in over a year, staying close...

Take a Selfie Tuesday had another entry, so we were excited to share! Pictured are Dothan CRS Audiology staff members Dr...
05/05/2021

Take a Selfie Tuesday had another entry, so we were excited to share! Pictured are Dothan CRS Audiology staff members Dr. Amy Kennedy, Dr. Jennifer Wesley, and ASA II Letisha Reeves. #ADRSfamily

Take a Selfie Tuesday had another entry, so we were excited to share! Pictured are Dothan CRS Audiology staff members Dr. Amy Kennedy, Dr. Jennifer Wesley, and ASA II Letisha Reeves. #ADRSfamily

The leadership of ADRS wants to ensure the safety of employees, families and the individuals we serve. Because of projec...
03/17/2021

The leadership of ADRS wants to ensure the safety of employees, families and the individuals we serve. Because of projected severe weather, the Tuscaloosa, Jasper, Huntsville, Decatur, Cullman, Muscle Shoals and Scottsboro offices will close at 11 a.m. All other offices will close at noon.

The leadership of ADRS wants to ensure the safety of employees, families and the individuals we serve. Because of projected severe weather, the Tuscaloosa, Jasper, Huntsville, Decatur, Cullman, Muscle Shoals and Scottsboro offices will close at 11 a.m. All other offices will close at noon.

Tomorrow is the big day! Be sure to register.
03/11/2021

Tomorrow is the big day! Be sure to register.

Social Work Month in March is a time for the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services to celebrate the great profes...
03/03/2021

Social Work Month in March is a time for the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services to celebrate the great profession of social work. Our social workers make a huge difference in the lives of our Early Intervention and Children’s Rehabilitation Services consumers.

Social Work Month in March is a time for the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services to celebrate the great profession of social work. Our social workers make a huge difference in the lives of our Early Intervention and Children’s Rehabilitation Services consumers.

Did you know that April is the peak tornado month in our state? Alabama encouraged its citizens last week to become awar...
03/02/2021
Plan Ahead for Disasters | Ready.gov

Did you know that April is the peak tornado month in our state? Alabama encouraged its citizens last week to become aware and make a plan for severe weather.

Sharing resources for individuals with disabilities:

Ready.gov Preparedness Resources for Individuals with Disabilities, https://www.ready.gov/disability
Provides helpful instructions and resources for individuals to:

Get Informed
Make a Plan
Build a Kit


PSA Videos from FEMA to Prepare Individuals and Communities
Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs, PSA (5:00)
We Prepare Everyday, PSA (2:00) (open captions, interpreter, audio descriptions)
We Prepare Everyday, PSA (2:00) (open captioning, interpreter)
We Prepare Everyday, PSA (2:00) (open captions)
We Prepare Everyday: Make a Plan, PSA (:30)
We Prepare Everyday: Be Informed, PSA (:30)


Six Ways to Receive Weather Alerts, https://alabamanewscenter.com/2021/02/26/severe-weather-awareness-week-2021-receiving-weather-alerts/
Obtain local hazardous weather outlooks from the NWS Birmingham Office, https://www.weather.gov/bmx/



Understanding Severe Weather Messaging, https://www.alabamanewscenter.com/2021/02/27/severe-weather-awareness-week-2021-severe-weather-messaging/

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02/23/2021

Free Online American Sign Language Lessons, SPRING 2021
March 21, 2021 - May 15, 2021
Are you: Parents/Caregivers of a Deaf or hard of hearing child (0-36 months old)
Do you: Have high speed internet (MiFi available upon request)
Length: 30 minutes per week, 8 weeks total with a trained Deaf
Connector.
Are you located in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Tennessee

Sign up today!
To sign up, email [email protected]
www.aidb.org/real

We have exciting things happening for our deaf youth on March 5th! The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is hosting...
02/14/2021
NDYD Kick Off – NAD Youth

We have exciting things happening for our deaf youth on March 5th!

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is hosting a first ever Virtual Mock Interview event for deaf and hard of hearing high school students. High school students will have the opportunity to interview real employers! Employers who will join us this year include: Apple, Communication Services for the Deaf, DawnSignPress, Deaf Community Services of San Diego Inc., Facebook, Google Inc, JPMorgan Chase, Mozzeria DC, National Deaf Center, Sorenson, Starbucks, and Uber Technologies, Inc. The mock interviews will give additional tools and resources for high school students to learn and practice their interview skills for their summer job plans, future career and internship opportunities, and to start thinking about what to study in college. This opportunity to meet real employers will greatly benefit the students!

Know a deaf youth? Encourage them to sign up for these events:

Renate’s Kick Off @ 12 PM ET

Register here: https://youth.nad.org/ndyd-kick-off/

Mock Interview Slots @ 1 PM - 7 PM ET*

*Time varies based on availability and interested career field

Sign up here: https://youth.nad.org/2021-mock-interview/

In case you didn’t know, every year on March 6th, we celebrate National Deaf Youth Day. This day is about recognizing deaf people and their accomplishments, and also, to encourage our deaf youth that they can do anything. At the NAD, we’re committed to including and celebrating our deaf youth! Learn more about National Deaf Youth Day and our events.
--
Yours,

Chanel Gleicher Bonheyo, M.S.P.M.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Director of Youth Programs
National Association of the Deaf
youth.nad.org

WEBINAR: Youth Day Kick Off Event Deaf High School students, have you ever been in a job interview before? Do you know how to prepare for your future interviews? Join our kick-off with our celebrity moderator, Renate Rose of Deaf U! Who knows, maybe after the mock interview, an employer will be supe...

01/24/2021

SAVE THE DATE!!!
🎉SERID 2021 🎉

Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness is scheduled for Sept 30-Oct 3, 2021!!

More information to come!

Photo description: Knoxville TN sunsphere overlooking the Worlds Fair Park. On right side of photo the words: Save The Date Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness with SERID Logo, September 30 - October 3, 2021 Knoxville TN and a purple oval with 50th Anniversary.

Great article!
01/24/2021
Black, Deaf and Extremely Online

Great article!

On TikTok and in virtual hangouts, a younger generation is sharing the origins and nuances of Black American Sign Language, a rich variation of ASL that scholars say has been overlooked for too long.

Timeline Photos
01/24/2021

Timeline Photos

Undergraduate Research - Get Paid - Prepare for PhD Grad School!

Join the RIT-RISE Scientists-in-Training Program for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Undergraduates and get paid while you prepare for your PhD and graduate school!

RIT-RISE prepares qualified Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing undergraduates to enter PhD programs in biomedical, biobehavioral, or clinical research fields.

WATCH: https://bddy.me/2LOG2uf

To learn more, visit https://bddy.me/2LXrVmg or contact Dr. Paul Craig, RIT-RISE co-director, at [email protected].

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Patrick Robinson. Patrick was great friend and partner to ADRS throughout hi...
12/30/2020

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Patrick Robinson. Patrick was great friend and partner to ADRS throughout his remarkable career. He was a loving father and will be greatly missed. His truly was a life well lived!

The Celebration of Life for Patrick Robinson:

When: January 2,2021

Where:
McFarlane Auditorium 409 Cherry St.
Talladega, AL 35160

What Time: 12:00pm

Please note because of covid 19 protocols, seating will be limited. Temperature check, hand sanitizer, and mask will be enforced, prior to entering the auditorium.

In memoriam: NBDA Patrick Robinson (1965-2020). Rest in power! - https://mailchi.mp/b69d20951324/in-memoriam-nbda-patrick-robinson

"Joy to the World"Happy Holidays from the ADRS Family!
12/18/2020

"Joy to the World"
Happy Holidays from the ADRS Family!

There is such a huge need for more Mental Health counselors for the Deaf. Gallaudet University
11/20/2020
Deaf community facing mental health challenges amid pandemic

There is such a huge need for more Mental Health counselors for the Deaf. Gallaudet University

The deaf community said mental health is a major issue during pandemic. A lack of access to news, face coverings and social distancing has led to loneliness and stress.

Did you know that ADRS has a very successful college prep program for students who are deaf and/or blind? Well, now you ...
11/13/2020
VRS College Prep

Did you know that ADRS has a very successful college prep program for students who are deaf and/or blind? Well, now you do! Watch and share the video so others will know about it, too!

Find out more about ADRS's College Prep program, facilitated by its Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS).

10/22/2020
National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes

#Deaftalent

Gayle Sanchez is a tattoo artist who faced uncertainty from clients and fellow artists because she is deaf and because she is a woman. Despite their reactions, she found a way to win. This is her #DeafSuccess story.

[Video Description:

Text insert with video footage of Gayle preparing to use a tattoo machine gun in a tattoo parlor appears: Gayle Sanchez, Tattoo Artist. A woman with black hair in a tattoo parlor signs.

Speech:

I became a tattoo artist thanks to the encouragement of my cousin. He knew that growing up, I was always drawing, creating all kinds of art. But I had never tried my hand at tattooing. One day he suggested that I consider becoming a tattoo artist.

I initially wrote off his suggestion because I thought it would require me to hear the machine. I assumed deaf people couldn't do this job because you had to hear the machine noise in order to know the gun speed settings. I made a lot of those kinds of assumptions, but guess what? I was wrong. I rely on feeling the vibrations of the machine to change the settings.

Video Description:

Gayle is sitting, working on her tattoo machine gun and then on a man’s arm using a tattoo machine gun.

Speech:

When I went to a tattoo school, it was very difficult. I would sit as close to the teacher as possible, listening with my hearing aids, writing notes. I regularly went in for tutoring, which was better than nothing and helped fill in the gaps so that I wasn’t missing any information. I really enjoy tattooing because I learn something new every day.

Video Description:

A tattoo of a Ganesha in color on a leg, a tattoo of a black woman’s head with eyes closed and a black crown outline above it and text reading, “Black Girl Magic,” a tattoo of a woman’s head in black and white with the flowers on her hair in color on an arm, a tattoo of a smiling woman, a tattoo of hands holding a crystal ball in black and white, a tattoo of a body hiding behind sunflowers with a water can pouring out water on an arm, a tattoo of roman numerals with two fishes facing each other on opposite sides, a tattoo of Frida Kahlo in black and white, a tattoo of a female warrior wearing a bird helmet, standing on a cliff in black and white on an arm, a tattoo of a sunflower in black and white on an arm, and a tattoo of text reading “Love” with three red heart symbols next to it.

Gayle is dipping her tattoo machine gun into a small black tattoo ink cup next to white, black, orange, red, and yellow tattoo ink cups on the table. Gayle is following the outline of a purple stencil using her tattoo machine gun on a leg.

Speech:

Very often, hearing people are thrown off by my being deaf. They are out of their comfort zone, so I put them at ease, saying, “Aww, c’mon, I don’t bite!” I will talk and sign at the same time when I’m with a hearing client. They get flustered and apologize for not knowing how to sign. But I explain that they don’t have to sign, but for me, it’s my language, tied to my identity and I feel most comfortable using it.

Video Description:

Gayle signs.

Speech:

I experienced lots of obstacles along my way. I would go to tattoo conventions and be looked down on just because I’m a woman. The vast majority of tattoo artists are men. There are very few female tattoo artists.

Video Description:

Gayle smiles, holding a plaque reading “Miss Deaf Tattoo Worldwife, -Black-, IDTC 2014 London.

Gayle smiles, holding a framed illustration, with a woman showing her tattoo of a bird on the back.

Gayle smiles, holding a plaque reading “Best Deaf Female Tattooist, Black 2017.”

Speech:

I have won three times in three different countries. That made me feel great because it showcased the importance of motivation and passion. It could apply to anything you choose to do or any profession. You will become a winner if you follow your heart. It’s all about your mentality.

Video Description:
NDC Logo appears above text, black lettering on a white background: nationaldeafcenter.org
“This video was developed under a jointly-funded grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) #HD326D160001. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the federal government.”

Next to it, three logos appear. The first reads “IDEAs that Work” with an arrow drawing a circle from “IDEAs” to “Work” and the words “U.S. Office of Special Education Programs”. The second logo shows a red-and-blue star with text next to it that reads “TA&D”. The third logo shows a blue circle around a tree. In the blue circle are the words “U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.”]

10/21/2020

Individuals who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 may be eligible for the Dislocated Worker COVID-19 Grant Program.

To apply you must register at alabamaworks.alabama.gov
and upload a resume. You may visit your local Career Center for assistance.

Once completed you can email [email protected] with your name and the last 4 digits of your social security number. In the email state you have completed registration and you are interested in the Dislocated Worker COVID-19 Grant Program. You will be contacted for an initial on the phone interview.

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