BY ROBERT NOLES
The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) Opelika Regional Center is now open. The building opened officially on Wednesday, May 18, during its grand opening event. This marks the 10th state office AIDB location in Alabama. The center will serve infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors with hearing and vision loss in Chambers, Macon, Russell, Lee and Tallapoosa counties.
The ribbon cutting was held at the center, located at 355 Dunlop Dr. in Opelika. The land was donated by East Alabama Medical Center.
The ceremony featured a number of speakers including Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller; state reps. Joe Lovvorn and Debbie Wood; state Sen. Tom Whatley; and two local residents who utilize the services provided by Opelika Regional Center. After the dedication, the 150 people in attendance received a tour of the new facility and were provided refreshments.
The Opelika Regional Center serves Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, the nation’s most comprehensive education and service program serving more than 36,000 individuals from birth through aging with hearing and vision loss.
Programs include five campuses in Talladega and a network of 10 regional centers located in Birmingham, Decatur, Dothan, Huntsville, Montgomery, Mobile, Opelika, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Tuscumbia.