August 20, 2014  

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Employment Awareness Session to be Held in Greenville

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Mississippi’s young people, including those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, should be afforded the opportunity for competitive, meaningful employment and productive lives as citizens of this state. To that end, the Mississippi Partnerships for Employment project will hold regional awareness sessions across the state to provide information on Employment First.

Employment First is a work philosophy which requires all entities that provide services to individuals with disabilities of working age to ensure that competitive employment in integrated settings is always the first priority option considered in providing services.

An awareness session will be held Tuesday, July 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the William Alexander Percy Memorial Library at 341 Main Street in Greenville, Miss. The public is welcome.

The Mississippi Partnership for Employment for Youth with Developmental Disabilities (MSPE) project was established in 2011 to develop and direct a state-level collaborative approach to improve employment outcome for Mississippi youth and young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Managing partners for the project are the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities, Disability Rights Mississippi, and The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies.

For more information about the awareness session, Employment First or the MSPE project, visit www.mspeidd.org or contact Dr. Jerry R. Alliston at jerry.alliston@usm.edu or 1.888.671.0051.