Gulf Park Campus Current Projects

Project START

  • Mississippi Project START (Success Through Assistive Rehabilitative Technology) was established to provide information about assistive technology to consumers and other interested parties so they may make informed decision about available assistive technology services.  Funding for Project START at the Institute for Disability Studies Gulf Park has been provided through a grant from the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services.
  • A principal focus of Project START is to increase access to assistive technology for individuals with disabilities of all ages through comprehensive statewide programs of technology-related assistance.
  • At the Institute for Disability Studies Gulf Park Campus, assistive technology is available for loan up to 90 days FREE of charge. The assistive technology available for loan is listed on our online checkout inventory.

STEP UP to Leadership

Step Up To Leadership

 The STEP UP Advisory Council is composed of youth and young adults with and without disabilities.  Council members serve as leaders within their schools, colleges/universities and communities. The Council focuses on issues facing all young people including leadership, self-advocacy, transition, health care, education, employment, and recreation.

The STEP UP Advisory Council is a subcommittee of the overall Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) Advisory Council known as the Community Partnership Advisory Council (CPAC). Advisory members give input on current and potential IDS programs focused on meeting the needs of youth and young adults with disabilities. Anyone is invited to apply to be on the council because everyone has a voice.

I want to join! Where do I start? To apply, complete the Gulf Park STEP UP to Leadership Application. For more information, contact Tyler Edwards, 228-214-3327. 


What does STEP UP mean?
STEP UP stands for: Starting Today Empowering Peers through Uniting and Participating
What does STEP UP do?
STEP UP promotes leadership abilities and self-advocacy by allowing members to guide and lead themselves.  
The following are STEP UP principles . . .
STEP UP officers lead all meetings.
STEP UP has fun together as a group.
STEP UP focused on the lack of meaningful activities after high school.  
STEP UP has a monthly fun day/night, a monthly service event and other recreation events throughout the year.
STEP UP promotes inclusion.
STEP UP includes members with and without disabilities.
Who can join STEP UP?

Project STICK Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities

  • Project STICK at the Institute for Disability Studies Gulf Park Campus was established to provide inclusive recreational opportunities for those with physical, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. Supported by grant funding from the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD), Project STICK provides inclusive, adapted opportunities to meet the recreational needs of the community. Our current inclusive recreational programs include: Art Day, Art on the Go, Outdoor Recreation Day, Kayaking, Adventure Therapy (Low & High Ropes/Kayaking/Rock Wall Climbing), and special events such as Haunted House/Fall Carnival, Easter Egg Hunts and Summer Fun Day.

Project GAGE

  • Project GAGE at the Institute for Disability Studies Gulf Park was established to provide adapted sports for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. Funding for Project GAGE is provided through the Mississippi Department of Rehabilition Services’ TBI/SCI Trust Fund. The IDS currently houses both wheelchair basketball and wheelchair softball. Both sports teams are inclusive to both college students and community members. Our wheelchair softball team and the Institute for Disability Studies recently co-hosted the 2016 World Series of Wheelchair Softball at the Biloxi Coliseum.