Extended Day Program
Students may opt to live independently within local communities in and around Talladega, Alabama, and compute daily to Gentry's campus. In addition, Gentry has residential facilities and recreation programs for students who live outside the range for a daily commute. Housing options include the Adult Residence Hall and Wooten Cottage. The Adult Residence Hall offers varying levels of independent living and the opportunity to transition to semi-apartments and independent living duplexes located on the Gentry campus.
Wooten Cottage provides structured supervision for students who need additional assistance, who have never lived away from home, and who may need to develop their independent living skills before transitioning to the Adult Residence Hall.
Gentry's Adult Residence Hall includes various amenities including common areas such as outdoor patios, a gazebo, a covered pavilion for cookouts and dining, and other outdoor recreational areas including a basketball/tennis court, and access to a nearby walking track. Dual occupancy dorm rooms with attached restrooms are furnished and equipped with cable and WiFi. Students have access to washers/dryers, a computer lab, a vending/snack area, and recreational areas that include pool tables, ping-pong equipment, a gaming center, and multiple T.V. areas.
Semi-Independent Apartments are units within the Adult Residence Hall which are specifically designed to afford a higher level of independence. Students who participate in Gentry's Independent Living Skills/Vision Rehab Therapy classes may practice and develop their skills during and after hours within this setting.
Independent Living Apartment are specially designed duplexes located on Gentry's campus which allow students to practice living independently under the supervision of our ILS and Extended Day staff. Students practice meal planning, shopping for groceries, meal preparation, and general housekeeping skills within fully equipped apartments.
The Extended Day program offers a variety of recreational services including formal Recreation Therapy instruction. Instructors plan and implement hands-on activities which develop students' interpersonal skills and promote interaction within the community. Instruction may occur within Gentry's Arts and Crafts/Ceramics class during the academic day and extend into the after school hours. Gentry's Rec Therapist plan regular activities such as dining out at restaurants, shopping at local department stores and malls, and sepcial events like festivals, dances, picnics, cookouts, and other seasonal events, including the Winter Ball, the Talladega Christmas Parade, and Gentry's Activity Day scheduled each year in May. Gentry students may also be invited to sporting events, community programs, or social events which occur at AIDB's other facilities, at the Alabama School for the Deaf, the Alabama School for the Blind, or the Talladega Regional Center.
In addition, Gentry's Recreation staff plans weekly activities and social events including table/board games and tournaments, movies, video gaming, fishing at local lakes, and theatrical productions. A monthly and weekly event schedule is accessible to students and is posted in Braille and large print.