The Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) is part of the nationwide federally mandated protection and advocacy (P&A) system. ADAP's mission is to provide quality, legally based advocacy services to Alabamians with disabilities in order to protect, promote and expand their rights. ADAP's vision is one of a society where persons with disabilities are valued and exercise self-determination through meaningful choices, and have equality of opportunity.
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Save the Date
Alabama Recovery Conference
April 7-9, 2014
Shocco Springs Conference Center
near Talladega, Alabama
The Annual Alabama Recovery Conference has become one of the highlights of the year for many consumers in Alabama. Over 800 attendees from around the state gather for three days of education and fellowship. The conference features nationally known speakers and a number of workshops on consumer issues and interests. Social activities include a talent show and dance. Most of the attendees are consumers, and the conference often includes consumers from other states and international attendees.
The Alabama Recovery Conference is planned and coordinated by consumers and is a project of the Office of Consumer Relations of the Mental Illness Division and Substance Abuse Services of the Alabama Department of Mental Health and the Alabama Directions Council. The Office of Consumer Relations, which is staffed by consumers, coordinates the conference with the assistance of the Alabama Directions Council. The Directions Council is made up of local support group leaders, drop-in center leaders, and statewide consumer organizations and is made up entirely of consumers.
How to Register: http://www.adap/2014recoverybrochure.pdf
The Office of Consumer Relations
Toll Free: 1-800-832-0952
Montgomery Area 334-242-3456
ADAP Appoints James Tucker, Executive Director
TUSCALOOSA, AL (February 7, 2014)-
James A. Tucker has been selected as the new Executive Director of the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP).
Prior to this appointment, Tucker served as ADAP's Litigation Director for fifteen years. During the last six years, he served concurrently as the agency's Associate Director.
"I am very pleased with his appointment," said Graham L. Sisson Jr., Executive Director of the Governor's Office on Disability and one of the members of the hiring committee."James is an excellent advocate for people with disabilities and I look forward to working with him in his new role."
Tucker received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in 1982. He studied law at Emory University, graduating in 1986.
For the press release, click here.
Disability Civil Rights Agency Opening in Selma: Free Legal Services to Protect Persons with Disabilities
The Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) will open an office in the Selma branch of Legal Services of Alabama on February 25.
ADAP attorney Jenny Ryan will be on site from 9 AM until noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month and from noon until 4 PM on the 4th Tuesday of every month at the office, located at 801 Alabama Avenue in Selma.
"ADAP addresses a broad range of disability-related legal matters," said Ms. Ryan. "We can help people with things like special education problems, guardianship alternatives, eliminating barriers to working for people receiving SSI, Medicaid denials, and access problems under the Americans with Disabilities Act."
"We're excited about collaborating with Legal Services to provide help to Alabamians with disabilities in Dallas County and the surrounding area."
All ADAP services are free. Appointments are not necessary but anyone wishing to speak with ADAP at a time other than those listed should call the agency's main office in Tuscaloosa at (205) 348-4928.
ADAP Demands End to Segregated Subminimum-Wage Workshops
Calling them exploitive, isolating, and cost-inefficient, ADAP has called for Alabama to phase-out public support for segregated sheltered workshops for persons with disabilities and to enact "Employment First" policies that support employment in the general workforce as the first and preferred employment outcome for people with any type of disability.
This is the chief recommendation in a report released on Dec. 9 by ADAP titled It's My Job: It's My Life: Employment First for Alabamians with Disabilities.
Through personal stories, this report demonstrates that individuals with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, can - with appropriate suppor - achieve gainful employment in the regular labor market.
The report offers cost-efficient, proven policy steps that can be taken to improve employment opportunities for Alabamians with disabilities so they can better achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency.
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