November 21, 2016
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Gentry Facility’s AT Program Cited by CARF as “One of the Best in the Nation”
A final report by CARF – the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities – on Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind’s Gentry Facility, cited Gentry’s Assistive Technology program as among the “best in the country.” In fact, the report stated that the Assistive Technology program was rated among the top three percent of national programs.
The report was part of the review which granted Gentry a continuing three year CARF accreditation. The team gave high commendations to Gentry’s Employment Training services, Evaluation, integrated employment and especially to its Assistive Technology program – citing it as “one of the best in the country.” In fact, one nationally recognized CARF evaluator stated he “took notes for his own benefit” due to the updates he observed in the Gentry program.
The Gentry AT staff are committed to staying abreast of the latest developments in new technology and continually incorporate new techniques and devices into their learning laboratory which stretches across the state from its campus based center and AIDB’s network of Regional Centers. The Gentry Tech Team provides more than 2,500 services annually to individuals who are blind, deaf or deafblind in home, school and work environments throughout Alabama.
The CARF International group of companies currently accredits more than 50,000 programs and services at 23,000 locations. More than 8 million persons of all ages are served annually by CARF-accredited service providers. CARF accreditation extends to countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
“Everything we do at AIDB and Gentry is to make our clients successful,” said Gentry Executive Director Patrick Robinson. “We are committed to providing state of the art assistive technology to our consumers that will ensure that they can make the world accessible and become productive and independent. We believe that assistive technology opens doors to opportunity and I commend our AT team for this excellent commendation for their work!”
A component of Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, the Gentry Facility is a full service education and rehabilitation facility. Established in 1968, our mission is to help students achieve economic and personal independence through employment training, college preparation classes and independent living skills. Gentry creates customized programs for deaf, blind, deaf-blind and general services students by exploring personal and professional goals and then using the latest technology and training methods available. Students leave here prepared for college, the workforce or to live independently.