Institute for Disability Studies hosts job extravaganza

The Institute for Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi hosted a job extravaganza to help youth with disabilities find a career.

Fifteen businesses set up for attendees to learn job-related skills through hands-on experiences, meet local employers, and be matched with a peer mentor.

The goal at IDS is to help kids, youth, and adults with disabilities navigate resources within the community. They have different programs that help them transition to pursue higher education or life, job, education skills, and activities that promote socialization and inclusion with the community. Josh Woodward with the Mississippi Department of Rehab Services said, “There are opportunities that are out there once they exit school. Whether they are going to college or not, we wanted them to be able to not only talk to a business that may be in their community, but also to experience what that business is doing.”

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