Employment Initiatives at IDS - Overview

The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) has long believed that people with disabilities have the right to work in their community. Through technical assistance and training, IDS reaches out to many factions in the community— families/self-advocates, educators, policy makers, the business community and the general public —to make sure individuals with disabilities have opportunities for competitive, integrated employment, allowing for community inclusion.


Mississippi Partnerships for Employment  - develops policies, removes systemic barriers, implements strategies and best practices, and improves the transition process for Mississippi youth and young adults with DD/ID from school or training to competitive employment in integrated community settings.

Project SEARCH - Southern Miss is an employment initiative with the goal to increase the number of young adults with intellectual/cognitive and other developmental disabilities to obtain competitive, community-based employment. Project SEARCH Southern Miss is a training program that consists of daily employment preparatory skills training, community development, mentoring services and work internships.


Mississippi Model Youth Transition Innovation (MYTI) Project – ARCHIVED assisted young people to become employed through transition interventions from school to work and reduce reliance on public benefits.


Project YES (Youth with Disabilities and Employment Success) – ARCHIVED worked to enhance the capacity of Workforce in Action (WIA) youth programs to recruit and serve youth with disabilities by providing training and technical assistance to educators and services providers.