Accessible Alabama works to increase accessible housing options in communities for people with disabilities and those facing growing limitations as they age.
We engage public, private and non-profit sectors to help our communities step up to meet current accessible housing needs and prepare for the accelerating demand as the aging population grows.
Our areas of focus:
- educating the general public and community leaders so they can be proactive about accessible housing needs and the coming demographic shifts that impact communities
- connecting needs of people with disabilities, housing development stakeholders, and principles of Universal Design;
- promoting innovation and technical assistance in accessible design
- informing Alabama’s public agencies, policies, and community decisions with best practices and successful models from other states;
Meet Our Staff
Eric M. Peebles, PhD, CRC – Executive Director
Eric Peebles earned his doctorate in Rehabilitation and Special Education from Auburn University. He has also served the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling at Auburn University in a variety of research and direct instruction roles since August 2010. Eric also serves on the Board of Directors for the Disability Leadership Coalition of Alabama and was elected co-chair in October 2017. Previously, Eric served on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Healthcare Advantage Medicaid Regional Care Organization for the Auburn-Montgomery Area.
Eric’s substantial career knowledge is backed by his own experiences. Due to oxygen deprivation during birth, he lives with spastic cerebral palsy, a trauma that has severely limited his motor skills to the point of functional quadriplegia. Fiercely independent, Eric has spent his life seeking opportunities to sustain independent and supported community living for himself and others—a feat that he has realized via his role as Executive Director for Accessible Alabama. Since cofounding the organization in 2013, Eric has helped Accessible Alabama secure more than $750,000 in grants and contracts. He integrates these professional skills with a first-person viewpoint on the needs of persons with disabilities. Email Eric