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Sponsor Highlight: Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services - Thank you!

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services is a state agency that provides resources to help Mississippians with disabilities find new careers, live more independently, overcome obstacles, and face new challenges. Their team is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the people they serve.

It is the mission of MDRS to "provide appropriate and comprehensive services to Mississippians with disabilities in a timely and effective manner. Programs and services assist individuals with disabilities to gain employment, retain employment and to live more independently."

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides services designed to improve economic opportunities for individuals with physical and mental disabilities through employment. In addition to general vocational rehabilitation services, programs include Supported Employment, Transition Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, and a network of 17 community rehabilitation centers (AbilityWorks) located throughout the state. These centers provide vocational assessment, job training and work experience for individuals with disabilities.

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind (VRB) specializes in working with individuals with blindness and low vision to optimize their opportunities for inclusion into the workforce, community, and home. Counselors provide and coordinate services leading to employment which include assessment, vocational training, counseling and guidance, assistive technology and job placement.

The Office of Special Disability Programs (OSDP) provides home and community services to individuals with the most severe disabilities to promote self-sufficiency and quality of life regardless of their immediate potential for employment. Services are provided through two home and community based waivers: the Independent Living Waiver and the Traumatic Brain Injury/Spinal Cord Injury Waiver. In addition, education, awareness and prevention activities are carried out through the Traumatic Brain Injury/Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund.

The Office of Disability Determination Services (DDS), funded entirely through the Social Security Administration, establishes eligibility for Mississippians with severe disabilities who apply for Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income. ​​​​

The BIAMS/USAMS thanks Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services for their continued generous support. Our Virtual Drawdown is on May 15th, and we would love to have your support as well. For the chance to win $5,000, use the link below to purchase tickets. Tickets will be available for purchase until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15th.


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