October 1, 2014  

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Youth with Disabilities Awareness Sessions Planned in Jackson

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Four awareness sessions on employment for youth and young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities will be held on June 21-22, in Jackson, Miss.

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., June 21 -     1 p.m., community leaders and elected officials – MS Library Commission

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

Tues., June 5 -      10 a.m., business leaders - MS Library Commission

                              1 p.m., educators - MS Library Commission

 

The Mississippi Library Commission is located at 3881 Eastwood Drive at the Education and Research Center off Ridgewood Road and Eastover Drive. The Jackson Marriott is located at 200 East Amite Street.

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 developmental and intellectual disabilities.

These awareness sessions are being held 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, Disability Rights Mississippi and The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies 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.

This 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 awareness sessions, call Jerry Alliston at the Institute for Disability Studies toll free at 1-888-671-0051.