ADRS-Lakeshore

ADRS-Lakeshore Operated by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS), ADRS-Lakeshore assists people with disabilities in achieving their dreams -- whether they lead to vocational training, college, or directly to employment.

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Happy Administrative Professionals Day to our hard working staff!  Kerry, Alison, Earlisa, Courtnee, Megan, Penne, and K...
04/21/2021

Happy Administrative Professionals Day to our hard working staff! Kerry, Alison, Earlisa, Courtnee, Megan, Penne, and Kim, we couldn’t do it without you all! Thank you so much!! 💐❤️

Happy Administrative Professionals Day to our hard working staff! Kerry, Alison, Earlisa, Courtnee, Megan, Penne, and Kim, we couldn’t do it without you all! Thank you so much!! 💐❤️

03/24/2021

St. Patrick’s Day may be over, but dust off all that green clothing because Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day is tomorrow! #gogreen4cp Cerebral Palsy Foundation

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.

Timeline Photos
03/11/2021

Timeline Photos

You will not want to miss being a part of this virtual event. Registration is free!

Overcoming adversity!
02/13/2021

Overcoming adversity!

Alabama’s own favorite couple and role models.
01/15/2021

Alabama’s own favorite couple and role models.

Jake Pratt and Grace Davies love having the ability to be positive role models for those with special needs.

Jake and Grace are high school sweethearts from Alabama. They had been friends for a while, but their first date was in January 2017 when Grace asked Jake to the Sadie Hawkins dance. Jake and Grace have very different personalities: Jake is outgoing while Grace can be shy, and Jake tends to be impulsive while Grace carefully plans out everything. Yet somehow, their strengths and weaknesses compliment each other and they are a perfect match. Now, 4 years later, their love is still going strong. Jake graduated from the Clemson Life program last spring, and is now working and saving for their future. He recently gained national media attention for his seasonal delivery job with UPS, and he is also employed at a local golf course with the grounds crew. Grace is still currently attending her college life skills program. Jake and Grace have the same dreams as any young couple: to eventually get married and live independently. For now, they are making the most of their time together during Grace's breaks from college and talking on FaceTime daily when she's away. Jake is also saving up for her engagement ring and Grace loves to plan for their future wedding. They are a shining example of the fact that individuals with Down syndrome are just like anyone else and can live full and productive lives.

We would like to thank Jake's niece Krysta Burroughs for connecting us.

12/22/2020
Trending World by The Epoch Times

Trending World by The Epoch Times

Look how this sweet considerate girl "sing" for her deaf parents ❤️

Credit: Lori Koch -YouTube.com/llputney

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

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

ADRS Lakeshore is proud to present the Virtual Winter College Preperation Program. The class will run from 12/28-12/31 f...
12/04/2020

ADRS Lakeshore is proud to present the Virtual Winter College Preperation Program. The class will run from 12/28-12/31 from 10-12:30 via ZOOM healthcare.

11/13/2020
Alabama Care

Great information on guardianship and supported decision making.

Jack Carney, Carney Dye LLC Law Office, on guardianship and supported decision making.

Alabama Care is partially supported by ACDD.org. The views expressed are not necessarily the views of this organization.

USA Triathlon
11/08/2020

USA Triathlon

TOMORROW is the big day! Chris Nikic will aim to become the first person with Down syndrome to complete an IRONMAN triathlon at IRONMAN Florida!

— 2.4 mile swim

— 112 miles on the bike

— 26.2 mile run

We know he can do it. Let's all wish Chris Nikic good luck as he looks to make history! 👏👏

White Cane Day Alabama is October 15, 2020. Join the event through their page.
10/02/2020

White Cane Day Alabama is October 15, 2020. Join the event through their page.

Join us October 15th, 2020 @ 6:30 PM CST via Facebook www.facebook.com/WCDAL

Trivia, Door Prizes, and MORE!!!

The event will be held through Facebook Live, with an interpreter and audio description. If you are deaf-blind and will need additional accessibility please contact your local case manager.

Work Tip Wednesday!   ASK FOR FEEDBACK.  To help you learn and grow as a professional, ask your supervisors and colleagu...
09/23/2020

Work Tip Wednesday! ASK FOR FEEDBACK.
To help you learn and grow as a professional, ask your supervisors and colleagues for feedback on your performance.
Make sure you are open to hearing the feedback and not becoming defensive, even if it is unpleasant. We all have blind-spots and areas for growth.

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AIDB Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind
09/21/2020

AIDB Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind

Did you know that September is Deaf Awareness Month?

American Sign Language has its own grammar. It is a complete, complex language consisting of signs made by the hands, facial expressions, and body language.

The five Parameters of ASL describes how a sign behaves within the signer's space. The parameters list: handshape, palm orientation, movement, location, and expression/non-manual signals. If you want to learn how it works. Check this link!
https://www.asldeafined.com/.../08/5-Parameters-of-ASL-.pdf
#DeafBlindLimitless

Congrats to Travis! He continues to inspire us.
09/18/2020

Congrats to Travis! He continues to inspire us.

The defending Class 6A state champion Oxford High School Yellow Jackets had a little extra flavor added to this season. The Moms of Fall, an organization that helps provide weekly dinners and support for the team, invited Travis Deese and his family to serve his chicken salad and fresh-squeezed orangeade at the team dinner Wednesday, Sept. 16. Travis, who has autism, turned what began as an in-home hobby into the Southern Sweet Concessions with help from Vocational Rehabilitation Service and has seen steady growth in demand. His mother, Tammy, also had an opportunity to share their story with WBRC Fox 6 reporter Jeh Jeh Pruitt.

Work Tips Wednesday is back!  Today's tip- We may be in Alabama, but we should try using the OHIO strategy! Only Handle ...
09/16/2020

Work Tips Wednesday is back! Today's tip- We may be in Alabama, but we should try using the OHIO strategy! Only Handle It Once.

Do you open an email, read it, and then leave it in your inbox to deal with later? Save time and energy by following the OHIO (only handle it once) strategy. Schedule time to read and deal with your emails once-respond, delete, forward, etc. If it is one you can’t deal with immediately, flag it or add to your to-do list.

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ADRS Lakeshores evaluation department is showing out this week! Today, Vocational evaluator Brooke Austin, presented to ...
08/20/2020

ADRS Lakeshores evaluation department is showing out this week! Today, Vocational evaluator Brooke Austin, presented to The Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals Association (VECAP) on Virtual Evaluations! Vocational Evaluators from all over the country eagerly participated with hopes of creating their own virtual services program. Way to go Brooke!

Two of ADRS Lakeshore’s Vocational Evaluators presented to a group of Troy University students via Zoom today. Darcy Mit...
08/18/2020

Two of ADRS Lakeshore’s Vocational Evaluators presented to a group of Troy University students via Zoom today. Darcy Mitchell and Lori Kroeger have 45 years of experience combined and enjoy talking about their career passion of Vocational Evaluation. Let’s hope more students will graduate with Rehabilitation Counseling Degrees and join the team one day.

The deadline for every Alabamian to be counted in the 2020 Census is 9/30/20. It's easy to do and takes only a few minut...
08/17/2020
Gov. Kay Ivey Issues Census PSA

The deadline for every Alabamian to be counted in the 2020 Census is 9/30/20. It's easy to do and takes only a few minutes. Visit alabama2020census.com #disabilitycounts #alabamacounts #census

Gov. Ivey encourages Alabamians to complete their 2020 Census today. The deadline is September 30. Go to my2020census.gov or participate by phone or mail. (G...

Work Tips Wednesday is here.  Today's tip is to give your brain a break! When performing mentally challenging tasks, set...
07/22/2020

Work Tips Wednesday is here. Today's tip is to give your brain a break! When performing mentally challenging tasks, set a timer to work no more than 45 minutes. Take a quick break (around 5 minutes) to let your brain refuel. Don’t do other things that require a lot of brain energy during the break.
Do: get up from your work station, take a walk, stretch, meditate, drink some water. Don't: check emails, go online/social media, or do another work task.
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Here comes Work Tips Wednesday.  Today's tip is keep your workspace clutter free.  It is easy to let things pile up, but...
07/15/2020

Here comes Work Tips Wednesday. Today's tip is keep your workspace clutter free. It is easy to let things pile up, but even if we do not realize it, the clutter is distracting and makes our brains work harder to concentrate.
Things such as folders, stacks of papers, etc. in your workspace is distracting when you are trying to concentrate on a task.
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It is time for Work Tips Wednesday‼️ This time we are talking about filling out job applications.  We do not usually enc...
07/01/2020

It is time for Work Tips Wednesday‼️ This time we are talking about filling out job applications. We do not usually encourage cheating but....... create a cheat sheet when filling out job applications to simplify the process. 📝 Include commonly asked information including: your personal information, educational information, previous employers' addresses and phone numbers, previous employment dates, and reference information.
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#THROWBACKTHURSDAY to 2 years ago when we were gearing up to celebrate our leader of 29 years. Paige Hebson developed th...
06/25/2020

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY to 2 years ago when we were gearing up to celebrate our leader of 29 years. Paige Hebson developed the platform for our vision and mission at ADRS Lakeshore. We continue to be grateful for all she contributed during her career to make our services and work environment special. Thanks for all you did and we know you and Randy are continuing to enjoy retired life. You both deserve it! 🤟❤️

It is time for Work Tips Wednesday.  Today's tip is to block off time within your daily schedule to complete specific ta...
06/24/2020

It is time for Work Tips Wednesday. Today's tip is to block off time within your daily schedule to complete specific tasks.
This will make your workload more manageable and not overwhelm your To-Do List.
Research time blocking to get more detailed ideas of how to use this technique.
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201 London Parkway, Suite 450
Homewood, AL
35211

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(205) 917-8400

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Hi everyone, my name is Ezra and as a former DSP, I created an activity resource site called DSPortal.site, providing a much easier way of finding activities and private events in your community. Enjoy!
We have 12 amazing students participating in College Quest, a College Prep for individuals with vision loss, at Auburn University. Today, we worked on researching career goals. We had the students participate in career interest assessments and look into their ultimate career goal.
This week the Lakeshore crew is all over Alabama providing College Prep services. Andrea Carroll and Christy Montgomery are working with Blount & Cullman County students at Wallace State Community College. Today, the students took a tour of campus and learned about being safe on campus.
This week was the start of the ADRS-Lakeshore College Prep season. Thanks to Jefferson State Community College for hosting us. Next Week, UAB will be hosting our group.
Retaliation against people with intellectual and developmental disabilities . . . . one self-advocate's story of losing his home due to his and his families relentless advocacy regarding his ability to simply choose his own food! Hard to focus on employment when preoccupied with simple Human Rights issues. Focus on the whole person and advocate with them.