Isaac Beavers is a graduate of Alabama School for the Blind. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alabama, then a Master of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling from Auburn University. As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Isaac has worked for the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) for over 23 years. He spent the first 17 years of his career providing direct services to consumers as the Case Manager for Blind at the Huntsville Regional Center. He was promoted to Regional Director in 2014.
Isaac has served on the Alabama State Rehabilitation Council (2 appointments), as President of the Alabama Chapter of the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), and as Co-Chairman of the Huntsville Council on Accessibility (elected 2 times). He served three terms as President of the Alumni and Workers Association of the Alabama School for the Blind, and in 2015, ASB Alumni awarded him the organization’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, (the Lillian Ricks Award). In 2016, Isaac was recognized by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) Department of Blind Services for years of dedicated collaboration with the “Joined at the Hip” award.
Isaac has spoken at local, state, national, and international conferences. He completed Leadership Huntsville Madison County in 2016, where his small group started the now annual Ability Career Fair for people with disabilities. In 2018, the Ability Career Fair was awarded the Collaboration Award by the Huntsville Area Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities.
Isaac currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Rehabilitation Counseling programs at Auburn University and Alabama A&M University. He is the creator and coordinator of 8 transition curricula for students who are blind, visually impaired, Deaf, and hard of hearing. He also acts as Co-Director of College Quest, a college preparatory program for students who are blind or visually impaired. Isaac’s professional interests include: STEM Education, Transition, Advocacy, Mentoring and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.