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
Save the Date:
ADAP's advisory councils will meet on Friday, August 28 from 1 to 3 PM at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham to discuss the agency's work plans for FY16. The public is encouraged to attend. Please contact Vicki Hubbard by email or phone (205-348-4928) by Monday, August 17 to request accommodations to participate in the meeting.
Nominations sought for Jeff Ridgeway Advocacy Award - Deadline
Fridayy - August 7, 2015
ADAP is seeking nominations for the Jeff Ridgeway Advocacy Award to recognize the accomplishments of self-advocates in Alabama. Jeff, one of our state's most powerful and energetic self-passed away on February 1, 2015, The Award, established in the last year of his life, honors Jeff's commitment to ensuring that persons with disabilities are seen simply as people:"We walk different. We talk different. We use canes and wheelchairs. We use assisted devices, and that's all they see. They forget each one of them is a proud U.S. citizen and so am I." Jeff believed his self-advocacy was not about him but about all persons with disabilities.As Jeff put it, "everyone should have the chance to live, work, and experience life." For the qualifications and form click here.
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. If you prefer completing the applications online, 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.
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.
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)
ADAP Quick Links
- Assistive Technology
- Children's Mental Health
- Community Integration
- Early Childhood
- Foster Care
- Juvenile Justice
- Protecting Youth in Facilities
- Social Security
- Special Education
- Transitioning to Adulthood
- Traumatic Brain (TBI)