The Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) is part of the nation's federally-funded protection and advocacy (P&A) system. ADAP provides legal services to Alabamians with disabilities to protect, promote and expand their rights. ADAP's vision is one of a society in which persons with disabilities are valued and exercise self-determination through meaningful choices, and have equality of opportunity. ADAP is part of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN).
Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0395
1-800-826-1675 (for clients - instate only)
Contact: Dave Slawkowski
205 North Conception Street
Mobile, Alabama 36603
1-800-826-1675 (for clients - instate only)
Contact: Jenny Ryan
Selma Branch - Legal Services of Alabama
801 Alabama Avenue
Selma, Alabama 36701
Appointments are made at this number:1-205-348-6921. Office hours are from 9am - noon on 2nd Tuesday of each month or noon - 4pm the 4th Tuesday of each month.
1-800-826-1675 (for clients - instate)
In The News
Help Voters with Disabilities by Completing an Election Day Survey
Over the past several years, volunteers and ADAP staff have surveyed numerous polling sites throughout Alabama. These surveys revealed that a vast majority of polling places that were surveyed are accessible to persons with disabilities, having accessible parking, an accessible entrance, etc.
Due to Alabama law restricting who can enter a polling place on Election Day, some surveys were conducted prior to Election Day. While these surveys could help determine whether a polling place is accessible, surveying a polling site before Election Day cannot show if the voting process itself is accessible to voters with disabilities. Under federal law, persons with disabilities are entitled to have an accessible voting process. One way to make the voting process accessible is to provide an accessible voting machine. Alabama has chosen to use the Automark as its accessible voting machine.
On Election Day, the Automark should be turned on and ready to use. Any voter, including voters without disabilities, can use the Automark. ADAP would like to know whether Automarks are available and ready to use at polling sites throughout Alabama and we need your help. Prior to Election Day, please print ADAP’s Polling Place Accessible Voting Machine Survey. When you go vote, please use the Automark, complete the survey and return the completed survey to ADAP.With your help, we can ensure every Alabamian can access to voting process!
Special Education in Alabama: A Right Not a Favor
New edition just released!
ADAP is pleased to announce the publication of the newest edition of its popular special education parent manual - "Special Education in Alabama: A Right Not a Favor" (RNF).
RNF helps families and child advocates understand how to access special education services and ensure that eligible children with disabilities are provided the free, appropriate public education to which they are entitled. The manual is written in lay-friendly terms and is filled with helpful advocacy tips and resources.
Publication of RNF was underwritten by a generous grant from the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities.
The first edition of RNF was published in the mid-80's. Since its last revision and printing in 2007, 50,000 free copies have been distributed across the state.
SPLC and ADAP File Federal Lawsuit Alleging Constitutionally Inadequate Medical and Mental Health Care, and Lack of ADA Accommodations for Inmates in Alabama Prisons
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) filed suit on June 17, 2014 in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, against the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) for putting the health and lives of prisoners at risk by ignoring their medical and mental health needs and discriminating against prisoners with disabilities - violations of federal law by a prison system that has had one of the highest mortality rates in the country.
Alabama has the most overcrowded prisons in the nation and spends one of the lowest amounts, per inmate, on health care. The lawsuit also describes how the ADOC leaves prisoners with disabilities isolated and deprived of the care and accommodations they need. Several prisoners reported incidents where they were verbally or physically mistreated due to their disabilities, including guards taunting blind and prisoners who use wheelchairs about their disabilities.
A link to the lawsuit filed is available click here.
To read the report "Cruel Confinement: Abuse, Discrimination and Death Within Alabama's Prisons" click here.
To read the press release, click here.
- Help ADAP by providing Input In ADAP's Priority Planning Process By Completing Online Survey
ADAP must establish priorities and objectives to focus our work efforts. While ADAP's objectives can change from year to year, our priorities generally last for three years or more. FY 15 (starting on October 1, 2014) begins a new three year priority cycle. Click here to access the survey.
Quick Resource Links
- University Center for Excellence and Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
- National Disability Rights Network
- AL Dept. of Rehabilitation Service
- AL Dept. of Mental Health
- AL Council for Developmental Disabilities
- AL Governors Office on Disabilities
- State of AL Client Assistance Program
- AL Disability Advocacy Network (ALDAN)
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