Mississippi Society for Disabilities – Non Profit Star
One in four Mississippians will become disabled in their lifetime, with some disabilities caused by birth defects, and others the result of injury, disease or aging. For the past 50 years, the Mississippi Society for Disabilities has made a significant difference in the lives of Mississippi children and adults, providing help through financial assistance, advocacy, therapy or reentry into the workforce. Through the unique programs and services of MSD, direct services are provided to over 2,000 children and adults annually.
Since 1973, the MSD has operated the Key Inter-Disciplinary Services Clinic (KIDS Clinic), which provides speech-language, occupational and physical therapy. These therapies are necessary for children born with Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and for those with hearing, vision, and learning disabilities. The Clinic also provides therapy for the Mississippi School for the Blind, area Head Start Programs, and the Cares School of The Mississippi Children’s Home Society. While the clinic is located in Jackson, services are provided to children across the state.
The Specific Assistance Program provides funding for mobility appliances and aids (wheelchairs, leg braces, prosthesis), medical access (per diem expenses to out-of-state specialists), and recreational opportunities (“Camperships” tuition for special needs summer camps, sponsorship for disabled basketball and tennis players, and performing and visual arts classes and performances). Disabled children, youth and adults, often overlooked in programs and leagues funded by municipalities and other state programs, can find outlets for physical and intellectual expression within these programs.
Past governors have appointed MSD to administer the Mississippi Client Assistance Program (MSCAP), a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education working with the clients of the Mississippi Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind, and the programs of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services. The staff of the CAP live with disabilities themselves, and investigate work-related concerns, intercede in communication or mediation, assist in the appeals process and refer clients to additional resources as needed.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary for the Mississippi Society for Disabilities. For more information or to make a donation, please call 601-982-7051 or visit our website www.msdisabilities.com.