Community Service Overview


Through technical assistance, training and direct service and volunteer opportunities, the Institute for Disability Studies  reaches out to many factions in the community— families/self-advocates, educators, policy makers, the business community and the general public —to ensure individuals with disabilities have community inclusion opportunities.


Advocacy TEAM (Training, Education and Advocacy Movement) Mississippi – focuses on increasing the number of youth and young adult self-advocates with disabilities through further development of the Mississippi Self-Advocacy Team, self-advocacy training in the south, central and north Mississippi areas and a statewide youth and young adult summit.


Training, Resources and Information for the Advancement of Disability (TRIAD) Service AmeriCorps Program – promotes inclusive  service  on assisting students with disabilities in the transition to adulthood including national service, employment, postsecondary education, adult healthcare services and more. 


Disability Awareness Webinar/Bolt of Lightning -ARCHIVED informed media professionals on best practices for writing and reporting about people with disabilities and the use of People First Language.

 Giving Individuals with disabilities Volunteer Experience (GIVE) Back – ARCHIVED focused on two priority areas of improving recruitment efforts targeting people with disabilities in Mississippi to boost overall enrollment in national service and outreach/engagement in economically distressed areas. The GIVE Back project promoted national service for everyone and was instrumental in the development of the inclusive TRIAD Service AmeriCorps Program.