If you would like to host an event or schedule a training, contact us at info@alabamarespite.org.



Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network® (Alabama Respite) is a program of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley.

Why Care About Caregivers? PDF Print E-mail

Raising Awareness About Resources, Concerns, and Relief.

Presented by
The Shearwater Foundation

Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Trinity UMC
607 Airport Road SW
Huntsville, Alabama 35802

Come share your experience at this free event to help educate local policy makers on the issues and concerns caregivers face each day.

Event Flyer

 
Independence Day! Free Summer Workshop! For Parents & Youth/Young Adults! PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Tammy Moore This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Independence Day - WORKSHOP THREE!

When: July 31, 2014 from 1:00pm-3:00pm. Registration deadline is July 28, 2014

What: “We don’t grow Couch Potatoes” (for parents) Dr. Gary Edwards, CEO, UCP and Janis Braue, Adult Day Director, UCP “How not to be a Couch Potato” (for youth/young adults) Mary Roth, Transition Specialist, Jefferson County Schools, Pam Sturdivant and Liz Faris, Job Coaches, Jefferson County Schools

Where: 5th Floor—ADRS/VR Building 236 Goodwin Crest Dr., Homewood, AL 35209

To register please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 205-290-4572

2014 pac flyer independence day.pdf See our event flyer for more details!

 
Fathers Needed! PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Tammy Moore This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


We need your input dads!!

Every five years Children’s Rehabilitation Service conducts a statewide needs assessment. This year, in addition to the traditional online and hard copy surveys, we will host a focus group centered around fathers of children with special needs. You don’t have to be a CRS client to participate! The date, location and time have not been set yet, but it will be somewhere centrally located in the Birmingham area. Fathers will be compensated for their participation through Family Voices who is partnering with CRS and UAB in this effort. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact Tammy Moore at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . I will send the details of the focus group out to all interested parties as soon as possible.

Thanks so much for considering joining us in our efforts to assess the needs of families of children with disabilities in our state! Hope to hear from you soon!

 
MONDAY NIGHT OUT 2014 (Social activities for Teens and Adults with Special Needs) PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Special Connections Ministry, Briarwood Presbyterian Church

July 14th Location: Briarwood Presbyterian Gym 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

(Drop off and pick up at Briarwood Gym)

End of Summer Party/dinner/Drum Circle with Walker Wright

Cost: $5 per person

 

July 21st Location: Oak Mountain Lanes (Pelham) 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

(drop off and pick up at Oak Mountain Lanes)

Bowling – dinner/snacks at the lanes

Cost: enough money to pay for 1 game of bowling plus food

 

A reminder e-mail will be sent the week before each event. Reservations are required so that we can adequately provide enough staff for each event.

RSVP to Kelly Knapp at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 910-8471

 

 
Got Medicaid Listen up! Speak up! PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Susan Colburn This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

1115 Demonstration Request Now Posted on CMS Website

Alabama Medicaid Transformation
Alabama has submitted a new section 1115 demonstration proposal to implement the state's proposed model of accountable care organizations; to be called "regional care organizations" (RCOs). The RCOs are proposed to improve care coordination and outcomes and ensure the long-term sustainability of Alabama's Medicaid program. This new approach to care will also further develop the use of health homes.

The Public Comment Period is now open and you may comment until 11 p.m., July 16, 2014, using CMS’s questionnaire at https://public.medicaid.gov/connect.ti/public.comments/viewQuestionnaire?qid=1859715

A list of all waiver documents are available at:
http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Waivers/Waivers.html

Information on the 1115 Demonstration application is also available at:
http://medicaid.alabama.gov/CONTENT/2.0_newsroom/2.7.3.3_1115_Waiver.aspx

 
Music Education for Kids PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Judy Roy This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If you have children with a disability, between the ages of 7-18 who need help with music education, take a look at the web site myorch.org. You can call them at (205) 908-8843 and they will help you get signed up. Fall Semester sign up will begin August 1, 2014.

 
People First of Alabama State Conference PDF Print E-mail

Thursday and Friday, August 21-22, 2014

Register now for the upcoming People First of Alabama State Conference.  Registration cost for the conference, meals, and an overnight hotel stay is $25. The conference agenda includes a panel presentation by national leaders from Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).  In addition, attendees will discuss Alabama state projects, hear about chapters, and elect regional representatives and new officers.  To register, send your name, address, chapter or other affiliation, and a check or money order to People First of Alabama at 85 Walston Bridge Rd, Jasper, AL  35504. For more information, contact Susan Ellis at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 
2014 Alacare-Samford Conference PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Paul J. Moon, Bereavement Coordinator, Alacare Home Health and Hospice

The Alacare-Samford conference in coming up soon:   August 15 2014 at 8:30am - 2:45pm !

This year, we are particularly aiming to attract lay audience (older adults or adult children who currently are or preparing to be caregivers for aging parents, etc.).

Presentations include: legal aspects of aging care (and some discussion regarding new healthcare reform in relation to older adults), spirituality concerns related to aging care, medical/physical care for older adults, and psychosocial/grief issues related to older adults.

Click here for more details!

 

 
Join TASC at the Apple Store! PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of Laura Parks ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ):

Join T.A.S.C. at the Apple Store at  Bridgestreet on Saturday, June 21st at 10 am to learn how to make the IPad accessible! The focus is primarily on alternative access methods including switch access!

 
Presidential Proclamation -- World Elder Abuse Awareness Day PDF Print E-mail

The White House has released a Presidential Proclamation for Word Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2014!

To see the proclamation, just click here!

 
Statewide Needs Assessment PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Tammy Moore, Children's Rehabilitation Service ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Every five years, CRS is required to conduct a statewide needs assessment. We need your help to make this effort successful! Please go to this link and take the survey for families. (We also have a separate survey for youth.) Then, share ...this information with everyone you know who has a child/youth with special needs. (They do not have to be a CRS client to participate.) Hard copies will also be available in each CRS office, or contact me to get a copy.

Take a moment to take the survey by following the link below and please forward it on!

Family Survey www.crsfamilysurvey.com

Youth Survey www.crsyouthsurvey.com

 
Institute on Disability Seeks Artists for 2015 Calendar PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Institute on Disability ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

This year, we are looking for artwork submissions which reflect the IOD’s vision of a future where all people, including individuals living with disabilities, are fully engaged members of communities. We welcome any and all creative interpretations of this vision from individuals or collaborative works of art.

Calendar Submission Deadline: Friday, July 25, 2014

For all the details, please visit: http://eepurl.com/VTfKr

 
Summer Girls Roundtable at UAB PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Jefferson County Children’s Policy Council ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

 

ANNOUNCING THE 2014 SUMMER “GIRLS BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE” Ages 13 - 17

Sponsored by the Minority Business Training and Development Program under the auspices of the Office of Equity and Diversity at the University of Alabama in Birmingham UAB

JULY 21ST – 25th 8AM – 3PM DAILY
First come first served acceptance policy.  Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack provided.  Tuition is free.

Our goal: to teach young people about business and entrepreneurship through hands-on learning.

FEATURED SESSIONS:

· Writing a Business Plan

· Business and Personal Finance Practices

· Dressing like a “Lady” Headed for Success

· Public Speaking and Projection

· Interviewing Skills

· Health and Wellness for Teens

· Dining Etiquette and Protocol

· Business Trends for Today’s Economy

· Testimonies from Successful Businesswomen throughout the State

· Art and Crafts

· Leadership Skills

· Steps toward College

· Teen Violence and Prevention

 

Please see Summer Girls Roundtable 2014 to learn contacts and requirements.

 

 
Alabama Angels Pageant PDF Print E-mail

You are cordially invited to attend the Alabama Angels Pageant

“A Royal Ball”

July 26th at 10:00AM Hunter Hills Church, Prattville AL

For more information on volunteering, registering, or sponsoring a participant please contact: Renee Lantz 334-300-9238 or Tanya Murphy 334-799-7119 Aimee Findley: 334-300-7022 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Follow us on Facebook: Alabama Angels Pageant

This is a noncompetitive pageant for anyone, male or female, of any age with a medically diagnosed physical or mental impairment. We want this to be an exciting and super fun experience for all participants as we celebrate their beauty inside and out. Participation is absolutely FREE and every “angel “receives his/her own crown, sash, goody bag and t-shirt!

Register: www.angelspageantsystem.com

For more information please check out the event flyer!

 
Davis & Neal Legal Seminar PDF Print E-mail

Legal, Public Benefits and Health Insurance Issues For Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

Sponsored by
The Alabama Department of Senior Services
And the Area Agencies on Aging


Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Location: James P. Nix Senior Center
1 Bayou Drive
Fairhope, Alabama 36532


Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


This is an advanced level seminar for professionals who work with older clients and persons with
disabilities in the legal profession, health care, social services, long-term care facilities, probate
judges, attorneys who handle conservatorships and decedent’s estates, adult services, mental
health, social workers and other health care professionals.

 

flyer 2014-professionals- nix-sarpc2.pdf Event Flyer

registration form - legal seminar - nix- july 31st.pdf Registration Form

 
Mental Health Summit PDF Print E-mail

SAVE THE DATE!
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System

Mental Health Summit

Thursday

August 28, 2014

Please mark your calendar….more to come…

As a key stakeholder in the community,

We need your presence and input to make this a success!

The VA Central Office has issued a National Mandate that each VA Facility across the Nation hold an annual Community Mental Health Summit in order to enhance the quality of mental health and well-being for Veterans and their families through promoting collaboration between the VA and the community. This stemmed from President Obama’s Executive Order of August 31, 2012 directing the VA to work with other Federal agencies to enhance partnerships with community agencies.

The MH Summit will provide an opportunity for VA facilities to establish and enhance positive working relationships with their community partners and to nurture community engagement to better address the broad mental healthcare needs of Veterans and their families.  The MH Summit is an opportunity for dialogue and active engagement between the VA and the community.

Positive outcomes from the MH Summits may include the following:

  • Improve mental health and well-being for the Veterans and their families in the local community;
  • Identify community-based programs and services to support the mental health needs of Veterans and their families;
  • Enhance partnerships between VA and community-based programs and services;
  • Increase awareness in the community regarding the unique health needs of Veterans and available VA programs and services;
  • Create opportunities for community-based providers and future providers to learn about and participate in training on the mental health care needs of Veterans and their families;
  • Strengthen VA and community relationships;
  • Identify and prioritize at a local level new opportunities for formal pilot or collaborative models that increase local capacity in serving Veterans and their families; and
  • Share resources that promote military and Veteran cultural competence among community providers to enable them to best serve Veterans within their own practices
 
United Cerebral Palsy’s Summer Camp 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Come enjoy a FUN summer and make lots of new friends at the UCP Summer Camp

What: 6-week Summer Camp Program for students with disabilities ages 14-21. Prospective campers will be screened by UCP staff.  Campers cannot exhibit aggressive behavior and any behaviors must be considered manageable by UCP Director.  Campers will also be screened by our nursing staff to consider personal care and other medical needs.

When: Mondays- Fridays from 8:30AM-4:00PM starting Monday, June 16th  and ending Friday, July 25th. Extra charges will apply if campers are picked up later than 4:00. Camp will be closed on Thursday July 3rd and Friday July 4th due to the Independence Day Holiday.

Where:  Shades Crest Baptist Church

Transportation:  UCP does not offer transportation to and from camp. Public transportation may be available, but at extra cost to the family. Contact public transportation (MAX or ClasTran) for information.  Carpooling is suggested for families as well.

Cost: $1000 for 6 weeks.  Payments can be made in the following forms: Cash, Check (Payable to UCP and include driver’s license number on check), Money Order, any Credit Card.

Payment Options:

1.      Pay in full on or before Monday, June 16th (first day of camp.)

2.      Pay in two payments. First payment of $500 due on or before Monday, June 16th  , second payment of $500 due on or before Monday, July 7th

Lunch: Each Camper will need to bring their lunch each day.   Please send lunches that do not have to be heated.

Interested? Please email Mary Roth at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or leave a message at 943-5219 to get an application and schedule a screening.

 
Camp JAWS summer camp has openings! PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of: Kelly Sorrells ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Please check out our Camp JAWS flyer about a GREAT opportunity for any youth, age 6-12 (Beginner JAWS) or 13-19 (Advanced JAWS), with a physical disability including, but not limited to, spinal cord injury, amputation, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, ataxia, etc. to participate in Camp JAWS this summer! They have a few openings so act QUICKLY!

 
Retreat for moms, grandmothers and female caregivers of individuals with special needs PDF Print E-mail

The By the Brook 2014 Retreat is just around the corner on June 20-21 at Life Church in Cookeville, TN. By the Brook is an amazing weekend of pampering, hope and encouragement designed just for moms, grandmothers and female caregivers of individuals with special needs.

This year's retreat will be bigger and better than ever! We are expecting a record crowd this year so register soon to reserve your spot! There are group rates available. Please contact April Phillips, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details.

For more information, please watch this video from last year's retreat By the Brook 2013, visit the Rising Above website or click here for an event brochure.

 
Independence Day! Free Summer Workshop Series! For Parents & Youth/Young Adults! PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of Tammy Moore, Children's Rehabilitation Services ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ):

I would like to invite parents and youth/young adults with disabilities to join us for three workshops that I really believe will help us on the road to independence!  We will meet 3 times this summer.

  • June 5, 2014 from 1:00pm-3pm
  • July 1, 2014 from 1:00pm-3pm
  • TBD

Parents will have a speaker and meeting space of their own and youth/young adults with have a speaker and meeting space of their own.  The point is that everyone leaves with tips, tricks, resources and knowledge that will help them, in the role of a parent or as the youth/young adult themselves, pave the road to independence.

Check out our flyer for details and register as soon as possible. If you are a teacher, please make copies of the attached flyer and give it to your students to take home.  If you represent and agency/organization that works with families please let your families know by giving them flyers, posting it on your bulletin boards, forwarding this email…whatever works!

 

 
Caregiver College PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of Delia Sanchez, LGSW, AL Cares Coordinator ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ):

 

Caregiver College

 

Enhance your skills and knowledge of caring for

a loved one during this FREE two-day course June 10-11 2014

sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging

 

Click here for the Caregiver College Event Brochure

click here for a Caregiver College Event Flyer

 
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