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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Operating as usual

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
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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.

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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Work Tips Wednesday‼️ This one might sound weird and unappetizing but EAT THE FROG! 🐸 You will feel better afterwards. O...
06/17/2020

Work Tips Wednesday‼️ This one might sound weird and unappetizing but EAT THE FROG! 🐸 You will feel better afterwards. Okay, what are we talking about. This is a concept of completing the most challenging or dreaded task at the beginning of the day. This makes you feel more productive and the rest of your tasks go smoother.
Learn more about this concept from Brian Tracy online.
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We cannot think of a better way to start this Monday than to welcome Megan Baird to our team! She is not new to ADRS Lak...
06/15/2020

We cannot think of a better way to start this Monday than to welcome Megan Baird to our team! She is not new to ADRS Lakeshore but we are so excited to have her back. She is already doing an amazing job and brings a big dose of sunshine to the office, even on Monday mornings. ☀️ Help us welcome Megan.👏👏👏

Work Tip Wednesday‼️ Today's tip is ALWAYS TAKE NOTES. Even if you do not need the notes later, writing helps with learn...
06/10/2020

Work Tip Wednesday‼️ Today's tip is ALWAYS TAKE NOTES. Even if you do not need the notes later, writing helps with learning and memory.
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06/07/2020
Classic FM

Classic FM

This young pianist is so inspiring ❤️🎵

Work Tips Wednesday‼️Today's tips is Create & Use Mnemonics. A tool used in school can also be helpful at work to rememb...
06/03/2020

Work Tips Wednesday‼️Today's tips is Create & Use Mnemonics. A tool used in school can also be helpful at work to remember all the steps to a process or lists of information.
A mnemonic is a tool to help remember certain facts or large amounts of information. It can be in the form of a song, rhyme, acronym, image, phrase, or sentence.
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It is Work Tips Wednesday❗️Today's tip is useful for work AND if you are in school.  We talk about this strategy in Coll...
05/27/2020

It is Work Tips Wednesday❗️Today's tip is useful for work AND if you are in school. We talk about this strategy in College Prep. 😊
Tip: Create a Launching Pad. 🚀
Designate a place in your house to keep all the things you need for work (or school) the next day, such as keys, work badge, etc.
This helps you not worry about forgetting something and from running late.

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Before we kick-off this long weekend, we want to say a (delayed) welcome to Penne! We are so glad to have you at ADRS La...
05/22/2020

Before we kick-off this long weekend, we want to say a (delayed) welcome to Penne! We are so glad to have you at ADRS Lakeshore and appreciate all you are doing. Welcome to the team.

In picture: Penne joined our Adaptative Driving Team and will be assisting the trainers. She has two children. Her son, Spencer and his wife, Lauren live in Starkville , Mississippi. . They are expecting their first child, so she will be a grandmother in June. Her daughter, Maggie lives in Birmingham. Penne loves being outdoors. She said she enjoys learning all the things about this wonderful program. We are glad she is part of our team and appreciate all she is doing.

it is time for another tip on Work Tips Wednesday. 💡WHEN GETTING INSTRUCTIONS REPEAT THEM BACK. This helps you:confirm y...
05/20/2020

it is time for another tip on Work Tips Wednesday. 💡

WHEN GETTING INSTRUCTIONS REPEAT THEM BACK. This helps you:
confirm you heard correctly
remember all the information
let the person know you were listening

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Since it is Law Enforcement Appreciation Week, we want to say thank you to all the police officers and others working wi...
05/15/2020

Since it is Law Enforcement Appreciation Week, we want to say thank you to all the police officers and others working within law enforcement. We are grateful for our partnership with Vestavia Hills Police Department. They have invested a lot of time training with us on disability awareness over the last several years to better serve the community. In addition, Public Liason Officer, Eddie Crim has taken time out to come provide training to help us stay safe several times. In November, he came and talked to the Birmingham Connections members and parents. He then simulated what to do if you are pulled over. It was very helpful for our members to receive this exposure since many are new drivers or will be driving in the future. Thanks again! 👮‍♂️👮

We are back to do more bragging.  😊 Please help us welcome, Jacob Ellison to our team! We are glad he has joined us and ...
05/14/2020

We are back to do more bragging. 😊 Please help us welcome, Jacob Ellison to our team! We are glad he has joined us and is doing an excellent job so far! 👏👏👏👏👏

Description in picture: Jacob is one of our new Certified Driving Instructors for the Birmingham area. He went to school for Music Industry. He does weddings and gigs as a part time job and enjoys writing music for all kinds of mediums. He said he is excited for the opportunity with ADRS and the ability to help and make a difference in people’s lives. Jacob said “I’ve always tried to make sure the work I do is something with meaning and impactful, ADRS fits that perfectly. “ After work he is usually going for a hike, playing video games, or deep into a sci-fi/fantasy novel. He is a perfect fit for our crew!

We are here for our first Work Tips Wednesday!  We are hoping to make this a regular post that will give us all ideas of...
05/13/2020

We are here for our first Work Tips Wednesday! We are hoping to make this a regular post that will give us all ideas of how to be more successful at our jobs. We would love to see some of your tips.

Today's Tip: Create To Do Lists at the end of the day for the next day. This helps you: 1. Not worry about work tasks while at home. 2. Gives you a plan when you start your workday.

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Today, ADRS Lakeshore remembers our friends, Millie & Eli. These two therapy dogs have brought joy to so many people ove...
05/11/2020

Today, ADRS Lakeshore remembers our friends, Millie & Eli. These two therapy dogs have brought joy to so many people over the years. We had the honor of seeing them in action when they would visit our Connections programs across the state. These were special dogs with the ability to provide hope and excitement when they entered the room. Thanks for all your hard work and you will be greatly missed. Hugs to Mark Vosel, as we know he has experienced great loss. Also, thank you for all your work to train therapy dogs and share them with others. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

It has been a very busy year, but since things have slowed down some due to the circumstances, we want to do some braggi...
05/07/2020

It has been a very busy year, but since things have slowed down some due to the circumstances, we want to do some bragging about our newest team members. First up, CJ Andrews. 👏👏👏👏👏

Happy birthday to us. 🥳🥳🥳🥳 Thanks for all the consumers and families that have inspired us over the years. We are humble...
05/05/2020

Happy birthday to us. 🥳🥳🥳🥳 Thanks for all the consumers and families that have inspired us over the years. We are humbled to work for such extraordinary people.

Happy birthday to us! On May 5, 1994, the state Legislature created the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. Since that day, countless Alabamians have benefited from the department’s unique Continuum of Services.
ADRS staff members have continued to make a difference in the lives of consumers even during these challenging times.

Happy Administrative Professionals Day to all our amazing Administrative Assistants and Rehab Assistants. 🥳 Some have on...
04/22/2020

Happy Administrative Professionals Day to all our amazing Administrative Assistants and Rehab Assistants. 🥳 Some have only been with us a few months and others for 15 years, but we are fortunate to have each of them at ADRS Lakeshore. Thanks for all you do- Courtney, Earlisa, Kerry, Alison, Megan, Penne, and Deb! 🤩🤩
P.S.- you guys are so special you get two posts. 😘😘😘😘

ADRS-Lakeshore would like to give a special shout-out to all of our wonderful support staff. They go above and beyond an...
04/22/2020

ADRS-Lakeshore would like to give a special shout-out to all of our wonderful support staff. They go above and beyond and we are so grateful for them all! Happy Administrative Professionals Day to our amazing crew! 💐 💝🤟

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201 London Parkway, Suite 450
Homewood, AL
35211

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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

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(205) 917-8400

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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.