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Adult Case Management services are provided by staff certified by the VBA School Board to serve as Case Managers. This support service focuses on assisting the consumer to make personal choices and access services and supports which would help him/her lead a satisfying life. Examples of these supports include assistance to access medical, social, educational, and residential services. Although a person does not have to be enrolled at Vivian B. Adams School to access Case Management services, they must have a mental retardation.


For adults with intellectual disabilities who are over the age of twenty-one, independent living and work preparation training is the focus. This training is planned through the person-driven planning process and includes varied options designed to build self-reliance skills. These training options typically include advanced academics, personal hygiene, money management, work habits, appropriate interpersonal skills for the work place, job education training (in house on the job training) and compensated contract work.

There are five core programs for adults, each designed to be progressively more challenging:

The Basic Life Adult and Skills Training (BLAAST) program represents the entry program for many adults with a focus on training in basic self-help grooming, task attention, and communication.

The Progressive Training Program (PTP) represents the next level program with a focus in advanced self-help grooming, staying on task, communication & basic academics. To be eligible for entry, a person must be able to stay on task for 15 minutes, display no interfering self-stimulatory behavior and possess a mechanism to express wants and needs.

The Kirke Adams Training Zones (KATZ) represents the next level program with a focus on training independent living, personal management, community living, and work habit skill development. To be eligible for entry, a person must be able to stay on task for 30 minutes, have an interest in the exploration of the world of work or in community living, be able to recognize his/her printed first name, make use of his/her mechanism to make wants and needs known, and display a basic level of personal grooming skills.

If the person is interested in working eventually in the community, the next level of program is the Burkett Workforce Training (BWT) center. This program has a focus on production work skill development for compensation. To be eligible for entry, a desire to work, attention to task for 50 minutes and refined personal grooming skills are required.

The Job Education Training Skills (JETS) program is the next level program with a focus on independent work skills designed to refine readiness for real work in the community. Entrance criteria is ability to remain engaged for 90 minutes. Computer use is spread throughout the adult programs.

Early Intervention educational and case management services are provided for newborn children to age three, when developmental disabilities are diagnosed. Educational services are provided by certified special education teachers. Case management services are provided by case managers certified by the State of Alabama. These services are designed to help consumers better access needed supports and services. In-home therapy in speech and/or motor skill development (e.g.- physical therapy) is arranged.

Coordinated by Mrs. Starla Andrews, the horticultural program provides consumers the opportunity to learn work skills or leisure-gardening skills in our on-campus greenhouse. Periodically throughout the year, the Horticultural Program hosts plant sales.

Local Education Agency (LEA) Training: For children with learning and developmental disabilities (ages three to twenty-one), educational services are provided in small classes, typically seven to ten students.

Whenever possible, especially for children ages three to five, the mission is to prepare the student to mainstream into the regular school system.  If this is not possible, the students may continue their enrollment until the end of their twenty-first year, as which time transfer to the adult program is made available.

Individualized instruction is the focus with student to staff ratio commensurate with each student’s needs.  Classes are conducted by in-class certified special education teachers with the help of teacher aides.  The typical class has at minimum one Teacher and two Teacher Aides.  The student composition of each of the classes is based upon similar chronological age.  Extended School Year (12 month) participation is encouraged when indicated in the student’s individual education plan (IEP).

All student services are contracted through local school systems.  Please contact your local school’s Special Education Department for details.

The Work Connection program staff help to connect adult consumers to work in their community. This service is in collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitation Services. A person does not have to be enrolled at Vivian B. Adams School to access this service, but must have mental retardation.

Adult Personal Care services are offered to help with daily living skills in the home. Examples would include bathing, toileting, dressing, and incidental household cleaning. These services are provided on an hourly basis and are available for adults with mental retardation.

In-Home Respite services are offered to help the primary care giver for an adult with mental retardation. This help is in the form of a staff member who comes into the home to perform the care giving duties normally performed by the primary care giver. Since these services have a limited number of hours available for each person, typically these services are used to provide the temporary care services needed during a family crisis. However, the primary care giver may elect to use the maximum hours allowable for any reason.

Transportation services are offered to individuals residing in the six county area served by VBAS.