December 20, 2014  

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Outreach Sessions Planned on Gulf Coast to Help Youth with Disabilities

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Four outreach/awareness sessions on employment for youth and young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities will be held on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on May 7-8. All sessions will be held at the Technology Learning Center on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus at 730 East Beach Boulevard in Long Beach.

Youth and young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families, educators, business leaders, community leaders and elected officials are invited to participate in separate, targeted sessions.

Scheduled awareness sessions are:

            Mon., May 7 -10 a.m., community leaders and elected officials

                                    5:30 p.m., youth with disabilities and their families

            Tues., May 8 -10 a.m., business leaders

                                    1 p.m., educators

 

Training session topics will include job development, customized employment, supported employment, federal laws and programs, environmental adaptations, person-centered planning services, and supports for employment of individuals with disabilities.

These awareness sessions are being sponsored by the Mississippi Partnerships for Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities project developed by the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities; The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies and Disability Rights Mississippi.

The mission is to increase competitive outcomes for youth and young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities by enhancing the collaboration of existing state education and employment services systems. The project is funded by a grant from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. Mississippi was one of six states chosen from 42 applicants for these grant funds

For more information on the Mississippi Partnerships for Employment project and the Gulf Coast awareness sessions, call 1-888-671-0051.