Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) is the state agency that serves people with disabilities from birth to old age through a continuum of services. Services are provided through 25 community offices, reaching residents in all 67 counties. ADRS is comprised of four major programs: 1. Alabama’s Early Intervention System coordinates services statewide for children from birth to age 3 who have developmental delays. 2. Children’s Rehabilitation Service provides services for children and adolescents from birth to age 21 with special healthcare needs and their families. 3. Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS) provides specialized employment and education-related services and training to help teens and adults with disabilities become employed. The VRS-Blind/Deaf program provides assistance to Alabamians statewide through its Blind Services, Deaf Services and OASIS (Older Alabamians System of Information and Services) programs. VRS’s Business Relations Program, known as READI-Net (Resources for Employment And Disability Information Network), works with thousands of Alabama businesses on disability-related issues, providing recruitment assistance, disability management, training, and employee retention services. 4. State of Alabama Independent Living/Homebound Service provides a wide range of education and home-based services to help people with the most severe disabilities lead independent lives at home, at school, or in the workplace through community-based offices located throughout the state.