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Alabama - Where to Find Disability Assistance in Alabama

State Disability Resources for Alabama

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Updated February 28, 2013

If your child has a disability, and you do not know where to find help, check out this list of essential resources available in your state. These essential contacts offer the most commonly needed services and can provide you with referrals to other appropriate services as well. If you have difficulty contacting any of these resources, please feel free to email me at: learningdisabilities@aboutguide.com.

1. Infant and Toddler Disabilities - Birth to Age Two


In Alabama, early intervention services are coordinated by the Department of Rehabilitation Services. Early intervention agencies provide services to infants and young children with disabilities such as developmental instruction, and speech, physical, and occupational therapies.

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation
602 S. Lawrence St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
Telephone: (334)293-7500
Toll Free: (800)441-7607
Website: Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Early Intervention

2. Department of Education Special Education - Ages 3 - 21


Alabama's office of Special Education Services (SES) oversees disability and gifted education services to children. It monitors school districts for compliance with IDEA and Alabama's state special education regulations. SES handles formal complaints, due process hearings, and mediation on special education issues.

Alabama State Department of Education
Office of Special Education Programs

P.O. Box 302101
Montgomery, AL 36130-2101
Telephone: (334) 242-8114
Toll Free in Alabama: (800)392-8020
Website: Alabama Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs

3. State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency


The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services helps people with disabilities live more independent lives by providing education, support, and services to assist them with becoming employed. The department works with middle schools, high schools, and higher education to help students with disabilities access appropriate supports for employment and independence such as job coaching, teaching skills, support in job placement, assistive and adaptive supports, and more.

Department of Rehabilitation Services
2129 East South Boulevard
Montgomery, AL 36116
Telephone: (334) 281-8780
Toll Free in Alabama: (800)392-8020
Website: Alabama Vocational Rehabilitation

4. Mental Health Services Agency


The Alabama Department of Mental Health provides services to individuals and families dealing with mental illness, mental retardation, and substance abuse. Services include advocacy, nursing home screening, psychiatric services, deaf services, intervention, coordination of treatment, case management, and more.

Alabama Department of Mental Health
P.O. Box 301410
Montgomery, AL 36130-1410
Telephone: (334) 353-7110
Website: Department of Mental Health

5. Services for Developmental Disabilities and Complex Medical Conditions

Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation*
RSA Union Building
PO Box 301410
Montgomery, AL 36130-1410
Telephone Numbers: (334)242-3107, (334)242-3701
Website: Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation

Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities
RSA Union Building
100 North Union Street
Suite 498
PO Box 301410
Montgomery, AL 36130-1410
Toll Free Telephone: (800) 232-2158
Telephone: (334)242-3973
Council for Developmental Disabilities

*The term "retardation" is still in use by older agencies that were established before the term became considered negative. Generally, it is preferred to use person first language when referring to all disabilities.

6. Disability Advocacy Services


The Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program offers information and referrals relating to disability issues, a resource database for self-advocacy, education and training in disability rights, and individual case advocacy.

Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program
The University of Alabama
500 Martha Parham West
P.O. Box 870395
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0395
Telephone: (205) 348-4928
Toll Free: (800) 826-1675

7. Children’s Rehabilitation Service

Children and adolescents under age 21 who have special health care needs are eligible for the Children’s Rehabilitation Service (CRS) programs. The program also serves people with hemophilia beyond age 21. The CRS provides a wide range of services such as clinical medical services, social services, physical, speech-language, and occupational therapy, nutritional guidance.
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
2129 East South Boulevard
P.O. Box 11586
Montgomery, AL 36111-0586
Telephone: (334) 281-8780
Toll Free in Alabama: (800) 441-7607 (Inside State Only
Website: Alabama Children’s Rehabilitation Service

8. Children's Health Insurance Program

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)provides medical care for children from families who meet low-income guidelines. CHIP also provides health care services for children who have no insurance.
Children’s Health Insurance Program
Alabama Department of Public Health

201 Monroe Street, Suite 250
P.O. Box 11586
Montgomery, AL 36104
Telephone: (334) 206-5568
Toll Free in Alabama: (877) 774-9521 (Inside State Only)
Website: Alabama CHIP is also called ALL Kids.

9. Services for People with Visual and Hearing Impairments

Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind provides education and rehabilitation services for children and adults. Services include early intervention for infants and children, interpreter services, counseling, technology, vocational training, and education services for adults and seniors.
Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind
Alabama Department of Public Health

1050 Government Street
P.O. Box 11586
Mobile, AL 36604br> Telephone: (251)432-7777 (Voice and TTY)
Website: Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.

10. Communication Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

Communication services for people who are deaf and hard of hearing provide assistive and adaptive telephone services that may involve voice-to-text or video sign language services that act as relays between people with disabilities and the hearing community. These services help clients contact important services and make social contacts as well.

Telecommunications Relay Services
Toll Free:
(800)548-2546 (TTY/ASCII)
(800)548-2547 (Voice)
(800)548-2928 Speech-to-Speech
(800)548-8317 Spanish (TTY/Voice)
(800) 646-4323 900 Services
Sprint Relay Customer Service
(800) 676-3777 (TTY/Voice/ASCII) Servicio al Cliente de Sprint Relay
(800) 676-4290 (TTY Voz ASCII)
Website: The Alabama 711 Relay Services

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