About Us

About


Created by the Alabama Legislature in 1994, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) is the state agency that serves Alabamians with disabilities from birth throughout their lives. Our “continuum of care” approach means that help is here at every stage of a person’s life.

Services are provided by our four main programs through 25 community offices, reaching residents in all 67 counties.

Programs


Early Intervention (EI) serves children from birth to age 3 by coordinating services statewide for infants and toddlers with developmental delays.

Children’s Rehabilitation Service (CRS) serves children and teens from birth to 21 with special health-care needs and their families.

Vocational Rehabilitation Service, our largest program, serves teens and adults to provide specialized employment- and education-related services and training. Programs within this division include:

  • VRS-Blind/Deaf program provides Blind Services, Deaf Services and OASIS (Older Alabamians System of Information and Services) programs.
  • Business Enterprise Program enables qualified blind individuals to achieve independence through self-employment, and partners with businesses to connect them with these reliable and cost-efficient vendors.
  • Business Relations Program works with thousands of Alabama businesses on disability-related issues, providing recruitment assistance, disability management, training, and employee retention services.
  • Lakeshore Rehabilitation Clinic in Birmingham is accredited by CARF (Council on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and assists people with significant disabilities achieve their individual goals through vocational training, college, or directly to employment.

SAIL assists individuals with the most-significant disabilities, providing a wide range of education, assistive technology, training and home-based services to allow them more independence.

FAQs


The mission of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services is “to enable children and adults with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential.”

Each program has different eligibility criteria, but generally each program is designed to assist people with disabilities and their families.

Types of services vary according to each program and may include assessments, environmental or equipment modifications, specialized therapies, family support and counseling, assistive technology, training and more. Our program staff works with each individual to find the best plan of action for their unique needs; often taking a multi-disciplinary approach working in tandem with other programs. One department. One Mission.

Not generally, but some programs may require a consumer to participate in the costs of a rehabilitation service.

Services are available in all 67 Alabama counties.

To apply or make a referral for services, contact the office serving your area by using the Office Locations feature of this website or call the ADRS toll free number: 800.441.7607

 Locations

ADRS State Office
602 S. Lawrence St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
P: (334) 293-7500
TFN: 800-441-7607
FAX: (334) 293-7383

800.441.7607