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Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind
205 East South Street
Talladega, AL 35160
(256) 761-3200 (Local)
(256) 761-3344 (Fax)
http://www.aidb.org/

Brief Description

AIDB is a comprehensive education, rehabilitation and employment system serving children and adults who are deaf, blind, deafblind and multidisabled. AIDB has five campuses and eight statewide regional centers.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM. Residential program
Clients served on average per year: 23,500
Number of staff: 1200
Geographic area served: Alabama
Publications: Sights and Sounds, school newsletters

Locations

Birmingham Regional Center
220 34th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35222

Dothan Regional Center
111 Medical Drive
Dothan, AL 36303

Huntsville Regional Center
600 St. Clair Avenue, Building 2
Huntsville, AL 35801

Mobile Regional Center
1050 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36604

Montgomery Regional Center
432 East Jefferson Street
Montgomery, AL 36104

The Shoals Regional Center
512 North Main Street
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

Talladega Regional Center
412 Cherry Street
Talladega, AL 35160

Tuscaloosa Regional Center
2412 Skyland Boulevard East
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405

Staff

Lynne Hanner, Director Institutional Advancement, (256) 761-3206, hanner.lynne@aidb.state.al.us
Charlotte Lowry, Principal, Alabama School for the Blind, (256) 761-3259, lowry.charlotte@aidb.state.al.us
John Mascia, President, (256) 761-3200, mascia.john@aidb.state.al.us

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Loans equipment, like braillewriters and tape recorders, to help students learn alternate communication skills.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Does outreach primarily through the 8 regional centers.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management, braille, handwriting, listening skills, typing, computer keyboarding skills, home management, remedial education, sensory training. Maintains the Hackney Play Therapy Center.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Operates the E.H. Gentry Technical Facility, a 2-year technical school for sensory impaired adults (most of whom have been referred by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services). Includes an Employment Services Department. Pathways project makes handcrafted furniture for sale in retail stores. Industries for the Blind, primarily a sheltered workshop, employs many graduates of the Gentry facility.
  • Library Services
    • Maintains the Library and Instructional Resource Center for the Blind, which serves clients of AIDB Regional Centers and the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and is also a Subregional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, administering the federal lending program for qualifying residents of Coosa, Talladega and St. Clair Counties.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Offers clinics, assessments and technical assistance, including getting prescriptions for eyeglasses filled. Offers vision screenings, counseling, and referrals for seniors through the Elderaction outreach program. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers the Special Equestrians Program and many other recreational facilities.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Does outreach primarily through the 8 regional centers.
  • Counseling
    • Psychologists work with parents, teachers, houseparents, administrators, and outside consultants to help children.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management, braille, handwriting, listening skills, typing, computer keyboarding skills, home management, remedial education, sensory training. Maintains the Hackney Play Therapy Center.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Operates PIP (Parent and Infant Preschool Program) and Kinderprep programs both on main campus and in regional centers.
  • Education Services
    • Offers K-12 curriculum, general academic, vocational/skill development through the Alabama School for the Blind and for children who are deaf-blind or multiply handicapped through the Helen Keller School of Alabama. Provides traditional and nontraditional programs and educational experiences for children ages 3-21 who are blind and vision impaired as residential or day students.

      Loans equipment, like braillewriters and tape recorders, to help students learn alternate communication skills.
  • Health
    • Offers regular dental care, ear-nose-throat clinics, orthopedic clinics and even a seizure clinic held by a pediatric neurologist, in addition to other services as needed through the Office of Health, Evaluation and Outreach.
  • Support for Parents
    • Offers counseling and instruction for parents.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides technical assistance to schools as needed, demonstrating, lending, and setting up adaptive equipment.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers in-service training for those working with older people who are hard of hearing and vision impaired.
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