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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.

Services are provided by professionals trained in the unique communication issues, technology, and culture of this population.

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Alabama Public Television is partnering with the Historic Ritz Theatre in Talladega to host a special preview of the upc...
05/04/2022
Film Premiere Event

Alabama Public Television is partnering with the Historic Ritz Theatre in Talladega to host a special preview of the upcoming APT documentary Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind: Deaf. Blind. Limitless on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:00pm. The version shown at the screening will include captioning for deaf and hearing disabled attendees and descriptive audio for the blind and visually impaired. The theater is taking reservations by phone at 256-315-0000.



The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) is the world’s most comprehensive education, rehabilitation and service program, serving individuals of all ages who are deaf, blind, deaf-blind and multi-disabled. The new documentary from Alabama Public Television takes viewers inside AIDB to explore and better understand this extraordinary community and those it serves. The broadcast premiere will be Thursday, May 18 at 8:00pm on APT.

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Alabama Public Television and the historic Ritz Theatre in Talladega present a live preview screening of a new documentary on the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.

04/07/2022

Please join us in welcoming Ben Hollingsworth as the new State Coordinator of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services. Ben is currently a Senior Rehabilitation Counselor for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumers in the Decatur VR Office and has held that position since 2012. Prior coming to ADRS Ben spent four years as a Regional Therapist with the Alabama Department of Mental Health in Montgomery and Huntsville. Ben has also been an Adult Services Therapist, Regional Coordinator, and Case Advocate for other organizations as well.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Tennessee. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a graduate of ADRS’s 2015 Leadership Training Institute.



Ben has already made countless contributions within our Deaf Services Program and the Deaf Community and I know that he will continue to make many more substantial contributions in the future. Ben understands and believes in the mission of ADRS and has the knowledge and passion to ensure that Blind and Deaf Services continue to make that mission a reality for our consumers. He will assume his new role in the near future with an official start date to be announced at a later time.

2022 ACT Academy for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students is accepting applications now! Contact your local Counselor for t...
04/05/2022
ACT Prep

2022 ACT Academy for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students is accepting applications now! Contact your local Counselor for the Deaf or register on the Auburn University webpage! https://cws.auburn.edu/apspi/pm/ACTprep

Auburn University

Great opportunities to work for an amazing organization!
04/05/2022
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Great opportunities to work for an amazing organization!

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Good luck ASD!!
03/05/2022

Good luck ASD!!

This week the ASD Academic Bowl team participated in the Gallaudet Central regional competition. Our pool play record is 2-2.
ASD 69, WBLHS 74
ASD 59, Oklahoma 30
ASD 51, Minnesota 75
ASD 48, Colorado 8
The players are MaKenzie, Cayla, Peja, and Tusi.
We play vs Wisconsin in the first round of the playoffs next week. Wish us luck! Go Silent Warriors!

02/14/2022

With so much Deaf representation at this year's super bowl, here are a few football signs in ASL.

Way to go Lowe's!! They are a major partner with VR nationally.
01/07/2022

Way to go Lowe's!! They are a major partner with VR nationally.

01/04/2022

Today is another big day in the history of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services! On May 5, 1994, the legislature voted to create ADRS, but the department officially commenced operations on January 3, 1995, under Alabama Act No. 94-824. Thank you to everyone who made this possible and those who continue to help us do our part to enable Alabama’s children and adults with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential! #ADRSfamily

New webinars in 2021 and 2022 to meet demand for learning what's new for accessibility in Windows 11, Teams, and more. N...
10/12/2021
Accessibility Learning Webinars brought to you by the Disability Answer Desk

New webinars in 2021 and 2022 to meet demand for learning what's new for accessibility in Windows 11, Teams, and more. Next webinar Oct. 27, 11am CT - register now! #ADRSfamily #accessibility #training #disabilityinclusion

Thank you for all the great feedback on past webinars and asking us for more training on the accessibility features of our products. We are adding new webinars in 2021 and 2022 to meet demand for lear

In search of #DeafTalent!
09/21/2021

In search of #DeafTalent!

NDC will be accepting applications until October 1st, 2021. Interested in joining #TeamNDC to help us make an even bigger impact? Head on over to nationaldeafcenter.org/jobs to apply today!

We are looking for passionate individuals and motivated self-starters to work remotely! Available positions: Director of Communications, Instructional Designer, and Technical Assistance Specialist.

#edtech #instructionaldesign #deafatwork #job #jobs #deafjobs #lms #deaftwitter #disabilitytwitter #hiring #hiringnow #digitalmarketing #copywriting #communicationsjobs #accessibility #inclusion #equity

Congrats to our friends at the National Deaf Center! The work they are doing is nothing less than revolutionary!
09/07/2021
UT Austin Center Receives $20 Million Grant to Support the Success of Deaf People Beyond High School

Congrats to our friends at the National Deaf Center! The work they are doing is nothing less than revolutionary!

For more than 3.6 million Americans who are deaf or have serious difficulty hearing – including more than 200,000 college students and 37,000 late-deafened military veterans – success after high school can be elusive. Deaf people frequently experience inaccessible campuses and workplaces, negati...

Nedia Keel of the Huntsville office is excited to celebrate last night's victory for the Volunteers!!!!! #ADRSfamily #my...
09/03/2021

Nedia Keel of the Huntsville office is excited to celebrate last night's victory for the Volunteers!!!!! #ADRSfamily #myteam

08/30/2021
vibrant.aslnow.io

Please stay safe during this inclement weather.

Disaster Distress Helpline

Call or Text 1-800-985-5990
DisasterDistress.samhsa.gov

Español:

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For Deaf and Hard of Hearing ASL Callers:

To connect directly to an agent in American Sign Language, click the "ASL Now" button below or call 1-800-985-5990 from your videophone. ASL Support is available 24/7.

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Great feature on David Cowan!
08/22/2021
A Sign of the Times

Great feature on David Cowan!

Discover the story of David Cowan, the deaf ASL interpreter, providing a bridge to the hearing world.

Our counselors for the deaf have a limited amount of weather radios and strobe lights to give out to the community. You ...
08/19/2021

Our counselors for the deaf have a limited amount of weather radios and strobe lights to give out to the community. You DO NOT need to have a VR case to get one. Just contact your local counselor for the deaf.

The radios were provided by our friends in Nevada! Special thanks to Salvatore Fiorentino with the
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Aging and Disability Services Division!

https://youtu.be/A4izxOnKnug

https://www.weather.gov/wrn/dhh-safety

08/13/2021

Gov. Ivey and Dr. Harris help to answer common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Congrats to our good friend Alan Peacock on receiving the National Court Reporters Association highest honor, the 2021 D...
08/02/2021
Alan Peacock honored with NCRA 2021 Distinguished Service Award

Congrats to our good friend Alan Peacock on receiving the National Court Reporters Association highest honor, the 2021 Distinguished Service Award. Keep up the great work!

Alan Peacock honored with NCRA 2021 Distinguished Service Award July 30, 2021 Alan Peacock, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC The National Court Reporters Association bestowed its highest honor, the 2021 Distinguished Service Award (DSA), on Alan Peacock, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC, a court reporter and captioner from M...

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.

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

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.

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Pot Luck Christmas Dinner for the deaf on December 17, 2017. if you are interested, please inbox me.
08-14-17 Alder Springs Deaf and Blind Community
Employment incentives for Alabama can be found here http://tinyurl.com/k5o3bgn on The Sierra Group Foundation’s public service web portal, EmploymentIncentives.org. This is important information for any job seeker with a disability living in this state. If you find this information valuable, please share it with your social network.
I am hard of hearing, how can I get more involved with the deaf & hard of hearing community in Montgomery?
I wanted to share a personal note on the 25th Anniversary of a weather event that led me to where I am today and ADRS is now a part of it too. ADRS has been/continues to be a fantastic partner to myself and the National Weather Service. I cannot thank you enough for your support on the outreach and education classes that we have held for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. ...Today we are marking the 25th anniversary of the Plainfield Tornado. 5 years ago I was honored to be interviewed by WGN to tell the story about how my family was affected by the Plainfield Tornado. I thought having my life story being narrated by Tom Skilling was bucket list worthy... But little did I know 1 year later (2011) I would be working for the NWS, 2 years later (2012) I would be developing and implementing Alabama's Deaf and Hard of Hearing weather education and outreach program and 5 years later (Today) that the little idea of reaching out the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community would allow me to help develop a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Outreach Team (DaHHOT) of NWS folks who want to reach out too...and have the opportunity to present a webinar Nationally next month. I feel like I have fulfilled the one thing my Nana Santerelli asked me to do as an outcome of her going through the Plainfield Tornado now 25 years ago...to make a difference in the weather community.
Alabama Department of Mental Health-Office of Deaf Services and ADARA PRESENTS Optimizing Outcomes: Engaging Deaf people with Language and Learning Challenges through Innovative Communication Strategies Presenter Neil Glickman, Ph.D. Thursday, February 26, 2015 9:30 am to 4:00 pm (5.5 clock hours) Registration fee: $45 payable to ADARA $25 registration for full time ITP Students (Non-certified, non-working) *Lunch on your own Alabama Public Library 6030 Monticello Drive, Montgomery, AL This session is targeted at service providers who specialize in some aspect of deafness (counselors, therapists, rehabilitation specialists, direct care staff, teachers, and interpreters, etc.). Dr. Glickman and participants will practice strategies for engaging persons through skill use of empathy, invitation, curiosity, wondering, worrying and questioning. We will contrast this with the more common strategy of telling people what they should do. We will also discuss interpreting dilemmas that may emerge from this style of work. The workshop will be conducted in ASL. This training will provide participants with a thorough understanding of: • The impact of deafness and communication on service provision; • How to work with deaf and hard of hearing consumers utilizing non-verbal approaches; • Modification of approaches/service delivery with providers. After the training, participants will be able to: • Recognize non-verbal approaches as they relate to deaf and hard of hearing communities; • Identify barriers to effective communication for deaf and hard of hearing consumers with service providers/deaf and hard of hearing communities; • Discuss the information in relation to their professional experience and add the information necessary to become advocates for deaf and hard of hearing communities. 4.5 Clinical Hours (0.45 CEs) pending. 0.55 RID CEUS provided for Interpreters. AUDIENCE: FOR DEAFAND/OR SIGNING PROVIDERS Currently eligible Certified Mental Health Professionals, Nurses, Social Workers, Counselors, Drug/Alcohol Counselors, Case Managers, Psychologists, Domestic Violence Providers, MH and SA Providers, Nursing Home Providers, Interpreters in Mental Health, Community Interpreters, Educational Interpreters, etc. Neil Glickman, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts, specializing in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy and Deaf mental health care. For 14 years he was the unit clinical director and psychologist of a specialty Deaf psychiatric inpatient unit. He currently works as a psychologist for Deaf Services in an agency called Advocates Inc. in Framingham, Mass. His publications include four books: Deaf mental health care (edited); Culturally affirmative psychotherapy with Deaf persons (co-edited with Michael Harvey); Mental health care of Deaf people: A culturally affirmative approach (co-edited with Sanjay Gulati) and Cognitive behavioral therapy for Deaf and hearing persons with language and learning challenges. Visit his website at http://www.neilglickman.com/. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Eligible participants must be in attendance for the full program to receive credit for completing the course. The Alabama Department of Mental Health is an approved RID CMP Sponsor. This activity has been awarded 0.55 CEUS in the area of Professional Studies by The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf at the “some” Content Knowledge Level for CMP and ACET participants. Activity # 0263.0215.01. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, REFUNDS, SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS OR TO SUBMIT YOUR REGISTRATION: $45 Registration. Checks should be written to ADARA and mailed to: Office of Deaf Services Alabama Department of Mental Health PO Box 301410, Montgomery, AL 36130 FAX: 334-242-3025 PHONE/VP: 334-353-7415 or 334-239-3780 [email protected] In the event the workshop is cancelled, you will be notified by email. No refunds will be provided. Please print clearly. Name 0Deaf 0Hearing 0H/H Agency Address City State Zip Phone VP Fax E-Mail Accommodations Sponsored by ADMH and ADARA www.mhit.org
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Signs of Change Story Project is inviting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and who have a mental illness to share their stories in order to build a more competent and compassionate system of care. Signs of Change Story Project will donate a portion of any profits from the publication to continued work of building awareness and meeting the needs of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and have a mental illness. Signs of Change Story Project would like to gather as many stories as possible. Please help to get the word out! For more information visit: www.signsofchangestoryproject.org. (individuals may submit a written story or a video story).
GUAA: Alabama Chapter In honor of Gallaudet University’s 150th Anniversary Featured Speaker: Howard A. Rosenblum, CEO National Association of the Deaf When: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Where: Grace Hall on the Alabama School for the Deaf campus Address: 205 South Street E, Talladega, AL 35160 Cost: $10.00 per person Contact: Debbie Cruzan, [email protected] (Light refreshments will be provided). Proceeds will go to the Alabama Chapter of GUAA. Thank you to the Alabama Association of the Deaf for their support of this event!
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