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 MDRS Promotes Disability Awareness and Services for Mississippians with Disabilities


JACKSON, Mississippi - The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) and partners will sponsor a Disability Awareness Fair at the Jackson Medical Mall Friday, October 9, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

In honor of White Can Safety Awareness Day, the Fair will provide information on disability programs and services, demonstrations, and access to the various community partners and resources available to Mississippians with disabilities. 

The University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles wheelchair basketball team will be exhibiting their skills and talents and answering questions about wheelchair basketball.

MDRS Executive Director Chris Howard will be speaking to participants about the services provided by MDRS. 

MDRS is a state agency that provides resources to help Mississippians with disabilities find new careers, live more independently, overcome obstacles, and face new challenges.  In 2014, over 100,000 individuals received services through the many programs of MDRS. 

Partners and participants for the event include USM Institute for Disability Studies, Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities, LIFE of Mississippi, The Arc of Mississippi, Mississippi Paralysis Association, Mississippi School for the Blind, the Office of Federal Contract and Compliance Programs, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Mississippi Federation of the Blind, Mississippi Industries for the Blind, Disability Rights Mississippi, Mississippi Library Commission, Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities, and the City of Jackson. These agencies will be on site to provide information regarding services available to Mississippians with disabilities.

For more information contact Dorothy Young at dyoung@mdrs.ms.gov.  
 
POSTED: 10/8/2015