Alabama State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)

About


The Alabama Board of Rehabilitation Services and the State Rehabilitation Council works together to strengthen the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation services for all Alabamians with disabilities.

The SRC mission is to provide support and assistance to the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services through program planning, policy development, and delivery of services, thus preparing Alabama’s citizens with disabilities for competitive employment.

SRC membership consists of persons with disabilities, parents and guardians of persons with disabilities, advocates, service providers, and representatives of the business, industry and labor community. Members are appointed by the governor, and each have a personal interest in ensuring that Alabama’s citizens with disabilities receive the services and supports they need to become productive and self-sufficient through gainful employment. Membership is geographically and culturally diverse to assure a broad view into decisions that impact vocational rehabilitation services.

Services


In January 1995, the Alabama Legislature mandated that Vocational Rehabilitation Service move from the State Department of Education to the newly created Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS). This milestone event created a unique partnership between the SRC and ADRS to work together to strengthen the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation services for all Alabamians with disabilities.

  • Advise and assist ADRS on the State Plan’s development
  • Work with ADRS to develop goals and priorities, evaluate the program’s effectiveness, and report its progress to the Rehabilitation Services Administration commissioner
  • Advise ADRS on authorized activities and overseeing that the Rehabilitation Act requirements are carried out
  • Review and analyze the effectiveness of consumer and other surveys
  • Guide collaborative working relationships among ADRS, the State Independent Living Council, and independent living centers
  • Coordinate council activities with activities of other councils
  • Perform other functions consistent with the purpose of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Prepare an annual report of SRC activities and accomplishments and submit to the governor and the ADRS commissioner

The SRC sub-committees are made up of members and focus on different topics as they share their unique expertise in these areas:

  • Executive
  • Business Relations & Employment
  • Legislative Information
  • Consumer Services and Program Evaluation
  • Membership and Nomination
  • Bylaws Revision
  • Deaf Advisory
  • Blind Advisory

The SRC coordinates its work and relies on the input from stakeholders all over the state. The local advisory councils meet in the following ADRS VRS offices:

  • Anniston
  • Birmingham
  • Dothan
  • Gadsden
  • Huntsville/Decatur
  • Mobile
  • Montgomery
  • Muscle Shoals
  • Tuscaloosa

FY 2021 Members


Helen Baker
Tech Act Program Representative, (STAR), Montgomery


Scott Douglas Besong
Parent, Auburn


Jon Brock
Consumer, Birmingham


Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw
Commissioner, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Montgomery


Susan Carol Crow
Employer, CRP Representative, Workshops, Inc., Birmingham


Carl Flemons
Consumer, Somerville


Jack Franklin
Consumer, SILC, Vina


Michelle D. Galipeau
Employer, Children’s Hospital, Hoover


Susan Goldthwaite
Special Education, State Department of Education, Montgomery


Heath Hendrix
Employer, Onin, Tuscaloosa


Rachel Hughes
SACAP Representative, State of Alabama Client Assistance Program, Montgomery


Mickey A. Hutto
WIA Board Representative, Montgomery


Karin Korb
Consumer, Birmingham


Dr. Maria Kraska, PhD, M.C.
Consumer, Program Evaluation Representative, Auburn


Linda Lamberth
Consumer, Anniston

Kathy Lovell
Employer, Regions Bank Birmingham


Dr. Michele Martin
Family Member, Auburn


Timothy McClure
Consumer, Mobile


Kim Mensi
Consumer, Montgomery


Jaime Mitchell
PHRA, Employer, UA, Tuscaloosa


Sherri Russell Moultrie
Employer, UAB, Trussville


George Neal
Consumer, Montgomery


Andrew Richards
VRS Counselor, Montgomery


Thomas (Tom) Schwarz
Consumer/Veteran, Semmes


Graham L. Sisson, Jr., PhD
SRC Liaison


Glenda ‘Annette’ Statum, PHR, SHRM-CP
Employer, Netk, Inc., Brownsboro


Joseph (Joey) E. Taff
Consumer, Montgomery


Michael Talley
Consumer, Bessemer


Rhonda (Chris) Tidwell
Consumer, Tuscaloosa


Karl E. Wade
Chair, Consumer, Prattville


Jeana Winter
Parent Training Center Representative, Alabama Parent Education Center, Wetumpka

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