The AIDB Story

  • Photo of AIDB's Manning Hall


    The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) is the world’s most comprehensive education, rehabilitation and service program serving individuals of all ages who are deaf, blind, deafblind and multidisabled and their families. Founded in 1858, AIDB serves more than 31,000 infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors with hearing and vision loss throughout Alabama each year.

    Our services literally span a lifetime including five campuses in Talladega, ten regional centers located in Birmingham, Decatur, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Opelika, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Shoals with programs that range from early and senior intervention, traditional and nontraditional education services in residential and outreach settings and a manufacturing facility that is the state’s largest employer of adults who are blind and deaf. A Helen Keller School student competes in a Special Olympics event

    AIDB’s residential campuses in Talladega include the Alabama School for the Deaf, Alabama School for the Blind, Helen Keller School of Alabama (serving deaf, blind, deafblind and multidisabled children) and the Gentry campus (a postsecondary rehabilitation and training program for adults – strong in assistive technology and life and work skills). 

    AIDB’s Instructional Resource Center for the Blind, located on the School for the Blind campus, provides Braille and large-print books, materials and other services to all blind and visually impaired students in Alabama — at AIDB and in public schools. We also operate an adult lending library and a Braille and large print production service for textbooks, manuals or other printed resources requested by colleges, businesses and individuals.

    AIDB provides Outreach Services to students who are deaf, blind or deafblind and their teachers and parents in public schools throughout the state. AIDB Outreach Providers visit classrooms, perform evaluations and assessments, provide technical assistance, resources and training where students need it most in their local community.

    Photo of a smiling ASB student The Alabama Industries for the Blind employs more than 200 blind and deaf adults in a diverse manufacturing facility that produces a variety of items including paper goods, flight bags screen printing, mops and all military neckties for the U.S. Armed Forces. AIB also operates supply stores at military bases in Alabama and Georgia.

    AIDB’s Regional Centers offer a lifelong continuum of services for people with hearing and vision loss – from infants and toddlers to senior citizens. In homes and communities across the state AIDB provides services such as early intervention, counseling, interpreting, transportation and other daily living and adjustment programs.

    AIDB is Deaf. Blind. Limitless.  To learn more about us click on a link to a specific program or to one of our resource pages about hearing and vision loss.