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  • Services
    Unique in the nation, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services is comprised of state and federal programs that provide a continuum of services from birth through life for Alabamians with disabilities. ADRS has four major programs:
    • Alabama's Early Intervention System ( AEIS )
      • EI coordinates services statewide for infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays from birth to age 3, preparing them and their families for the transition to the State Department of Education's preschool program for 3-to-5-year-olds or other community programs.
      • EI provides financial and technical support to the more than 60 community programs that provide early intervention services and expertise to eligible families.

    • Children's Rehabilitation Service ( CRS )
      • CRS provides services to children with special health-care needs from birth to age 21 and their families.
      • CRS provides disability services, expertise and adaptive technology to local school systems, assisting teachers and school nurses in the education of children with special health-care needs.
      • CRS also administers the statewide Hemophilia Program, which serves Alabama's children and adults who have this life-threatening blood disorder.

    • Vocational Rehabilitation Service ( VRS )
      • VRS , the department's largest division, provides rehabilitation, education and employment-related services to more than 43,000 adolescents and adults with disabilities through long-standing partnerships with local school systems, colleges and universities, junior colleges, vocational technical schools and community rehabilitation programs.
      • VRS also provides more than 5,100 disability management and employee placement services to Alabama businesses each year.

    • State of Alabama Independent Living / Homebound Service ( SAIL )
      • SAIL provides services to Alabamians who have the severest disabilities resulting from spinal cord or head injuries.
      • Seven SAIL teams located statewide and serving all 67 counties provide services to consumers and families.
      • In FY 2002, the SAIL program assisted more than 1,500 Alabamians with the severest disabilities in remaining in their homes and communities rather than in nursing homes or other institutions.