Welcome to ADAP !

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).


ADAP Locations

Tuscaloosa Office

Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program
Box 870395
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0395
1-205-348-4928 (V/TDD)
1-205-348-3909 (Fax)
1-800-826-1675 (for clients - instate only)
e-mail: adap@adap.ua.edu
website: http://www.adap.net


Mobile Office

Contact: Dave Slawkowski
205 North Conception Street
Mobile, Alabama 36603
1-251-338-0950 (Office)
1-205-534-9373 (Cell)
1-251-338-1689 (Fax)
1-800-826-1675 (for clients - instate only)
e-mail: dslawkowski@adap.ua.edu
website: http://www.adap.net


Selma Office

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.

1-205-393-9148 (Cell)
1-251-338-1689 (Fax)
1-800-826-1675 (for clients - instate)
e-mail: jrryan2@adap.ua.edu
website: http://www.adap.net

In The News

  • ADAP Is Recruiting Members for its Advisory Councils

Are you committed to supporting the legal rights of persons with developmental disabilities or persons with mental illness? Do you support the self-determination, independence, productivity, and full inclusion of people with disabilities in all facets of community life?

If so, apply to be a member of either ADAP's PADD or PAIMI advisory councils.

We especially encourage individuals with developmental disabilities or mental illness - or their family members - to apply to be advisory council members.


More information about ADAP's PADD and PAIMI councils, click here. For a copy of the PADD application, click here or PAIMI application, click here.To be considered, we must receive your application by June 30, 2015. For more information or for help with filling out an application, contact ADAP.
  • Case Advocate Job Opening

The University of Alabama is searching for a Case Advocate for the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP). The Case Advocate will be a qualified professional who provides advocacy in individual and systemic cases, develops case plans, conducts case investigations and negotiations, provides training in self-advocacy and any other services that protect, promote and expand the rights of persons with disabilities. The Case Advocate will also provide information/referrals, collaborate with ADAP staff members in the provision of advocacy services and exercise public education duties. The Case Advocate in this position will work primarily with adults with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness residing in community placements and individuals receiving social security benefits who desire to obtain employment. The ability to communicate in Spanish is preferred, but not required. Application deadline is 05/18/2015. Visit UA's employment website at jobs.ua.edu for more information and to apply. The University of Alabama is an equal-opportunity employer (EOE), including an EOE of protected vets and individuals with disabilities.


  • ADA Legacy Tour

ADA Legacy Tour is coming to Birmingham on May 19, 2015. The tour and exhibits will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kelly Ingram Park - Civil Rights District.

The Legacy Tour Includes the
“Road to Freedom” ADA Bus - driven by veteran disability rights photographer, Tom Olin. For more information about the ADA Legacy Tour, visit www.adalegacy.com/ada25/ada-legacy-tour

Come and join us and see:
A four-panel display on the history of self-advocacy, courtesy of the Museum of disABILITY History;

Displays on The ADA Legacy Project and its efforts to preserve disability history, celebrate major milestones and educate future generations of disability advocates;

"Because of the ADA . . ." booth where advocates post their thoughts and photos to illustrate the difference the ADA has made in their lives;

The ADA quilt where advocates add their signature to thousands of others who have participated in the Tour;

Displays on the history of the Road to Freedom Tour;

An information table with handouts on The ADA Legacy Project and the ADA Network, plus information from the project's partners and sponsors.

  • Special Education in Alabama: Right Not A Favor, Order Your Copies Today

ADAP's special education parent manual - "Special Education in Alabama: A Right Not a Favor" (RNF) is available to you.
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.

To view the manual on-line, click here.  To order copies, click here