Information regarding the State of Mississippi, including facts and statistics, news, and information of interest for persons with disabilities residing in or visiting the State of Mississippi.
Mississippi Disability Resources
The Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities is a body of advocates, appointed by the Governor, who promote quality of life for people with developmental disabilities, their families, and the community at large. Improvement in quality of life is provided through initiatives that have potential for replication, thus creating systemic change.
T.K. Martin Center for Technology and DisabilityThe T.K. Martin Center provides comprehensive, multi-disciplinary evaluations to remove limitations through the application of assistive technology, allowing individuals to participate in educational, vocational and leisure activities to the fullest degree they choose - http://www.tkmartin.msstate.edu
Mississippi Industries for the Blind
To train and provide jobs for individuals who are blind or visually impaired who are willing and and able to work so that they can become self supporting members of the community - http://www.msblind.org
Mississippi School for the DeafMississippi School for the Deaf was established by an act of the Mississippi Legislature in 1854 for the express purpose of providing an educational program for children with the primary handicapping condition of deafness - http://www.msd.k12.ms.us
The Arc of Mississippi
The Arc of Mississippi works to include all children and adults with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities in every community - http://www.arcms.org/index.php
Mississippi Department of Mental Health
Since its inception in 1974, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health has endeavored to provide services of the highest quality through a statewide service delivery system - http://www.dmh.state.ms.us
Learning Disabilities Association of Mississippi
LDA of MS is a state affiliate of the LDA of America, a national volunteer organization of parents and professionals - http://www.ldams.org
The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi
The mission of the Foundation is to provide hope through research, programs and service to the 346,500 Mississippians with diabetes - http://www.msdiabetes.org
North Mississippi Regional Center
NMRC operates under the authority of the MS Department of Mental Health and is licensed as an Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR), providing an array of services to individuals with intellectual and related developmental disabilities in the northern 23 counties of the state - http://www.nmrc.state.ms.us
Statistics: Mississippi Disability
- There are an estimated 560,000 people in the state of Mississippi over the age of five who have a form of disability.
- Approximately 122,000 people, or 4.7% of the state's population, experience difficulties with performing activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, or getting around inside of their homes.
- There are around 340,000 people in the state who have a form of work disability, and around 98,000 people with disabilities in Mississippi who are employed.
- Around 18,000 people with disabilities in the state are unemployed, while 201,000 are currently not in the workforce.