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Regional Centers Bring 'Limitless' Home to All Ages

Regional Center
Bring ‘Limitless’ Home to All Ages

AIDB Regional Center services literally span a lifetime and provide the entire state of Alabama with limitless impact where it matters most – in the personal lives of children and adults with hearing or vision loss.

• Successful professionals - attorneys, consultants, merchants – who through accident or illness have lost their vision are learning to use assistive technology as they return to the workforce.
• Families with infants and toddlers who have been diagnosed with a hearing loss are learning to make informed choices through Early Intervention
• Deaf adults get the assistance of interpreters for job interviews, medical or legal appointments and community events.
• Older Alabamians with hearing and/or vision loss gain access to communication equipment to improve their quality of life.
• Adults who are deaf, blind or deafblind are connected to social activities and continuing education opportunities. They can learn Braille or American Sign Language.
• Public school children, their families and teachers, receive technical assistance training and resources in their home community.
• Adults with hearing and vision loss attend workshops in everything from preparing their taxes to health care.
• A group of deaf, blind and deafblind adults experience the ocean and white sandy beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast for the first time in their lives.

AIDB’s network of eight Regional Centers expands AIDB programs into all 67
counties of the state with locations in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Tuscumbia. The creation of the regional centers was the first step in AIDB’s current outreach emphasis in the early 1980s. “We believe that it is AIDB’s mission to serve all Alabamians with hearing and vision loss in the community where they choose to live and work,” said AIDB President Dr. John Mascia.

Regional Centers provide a different array of services depending on the needs of individual consumers and the communities/counties each Center serves. The main focus is on Early Intervention (ages 0-3) with infants, toddlers and their families; services to school-age children in local public schools statewide and Adult Services that range from assistive technology and transportation to independent living training and interpreter coordination to Braille instruction and sign language classes.

For a complete listing of Regional Center services and staff contact information, visit AIDB is here to serve – and it believes in the power of each individual to discover their limitless potential.