May
30
2013

May is National Stroke Month – Learn to Spot the Signs

Stroke is the #4 cause of death and a leading cause of serious disability. But, 80% of all strokes are preventable if you learn how to prevent, treat, and beat a stroke! To learn more, visit: Stroke Warning Signs/Symptoms

May
28
2013

The Starkloff Disability Institute Graduates Now Equipped to Secure Employment

The Starkloff Disability Institute graduated its second class of individuals with disabilities from their 14-week course. The course instructs individuals with disabilities on the ins and outs of securing employment with major employers. Susan Menhard, Director of the Next Big Step and instructor for the Starkloff course, as well as Dr. William Danforth, spoke at […]

May
28
2013

Germany-based Software Company SAP is Recruiting Employees with Autism

A worldwide software company, originally based out of Germany, says it will recruit individuals with Autism “for jobs as software testers, programmers, and data quality assurance specialists”. SAP conducted a pilot program in India where six individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder were employed as software testers, and the company says that the program resulted in […]

May
28
2013

A Housing Crisis on the Horizon for Individuals with Disabilities?

A new report from the Technical Assistance Collaborative and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities shows that, on average, individuals with disabilities would need to use more than 100% of their Supplemental Security Income to rent a one-bedroom apartment today. Though costs vary across the country, the study found that even the smallest apartment took […]

May
16
2013

DSM – 5 Changes for Autism

Asperger’s disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD) have been removed from the 5th and latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual. These once distinct diagnoses have been encompassed in the main diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Also included in the new version are stricter guidelines for diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The […]

May
13
2013

Mississippi Angels Pageant

A pageant for anyone with special needs. Saturday, November 9th Starting at 2pm Magnolia Civic Center 127 East Bankhead Street New Albany, MS 38652 Anyone with special needs is invited to participate. Any age from 0-105 are welcome. Hair and makeup will be provided. Pageant wear or Sunday best is requested, but not required. Contact […]

May
13
2013

A TRUE Love Story…

A love story you won’t soon forget… told through pictures. Professional Photography Via Tim Dodd   Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your love.  

May
10
2013

Heather and Melinda Ownby

Learning to Live Check out this video of Heather and Melinda Ownby – two of our community heroes! This second video documents life changes for Heather, who is diagnosed with a learning disability, an IQ level of 31, ODD, and ADD.

May
10
2013

Reeve Foundation: Who’s 2013’s Best Mom on Wheels?

Do you know an extraordinary mom who’s living with paralysis? Nominate her now for the 3rd Annual Reeve Foundation Best Mom on Wheels Contest! In honor of Mother’s Day, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation wants to celebrate every mom in our community. Simply tell them in 200 words or less how the mom that is special […]

Apr
30
2013

Official Ribbon Cutting Party for the Disability Connection Community Playground

                      YOU’RE INVITED TO COME AND CELEBRATE ACCESSIBLE PLAY! Ribbon Cutting Party for the Disability Connection Community Playground Friday, May 10th, 11am to 1pm at the Bruce Ladner Memorial Park off Highway 53,  just west of Highway 49, Gulfport in Harrison County. Join Disability Connection for light refreshments, art, music, dancing, and more as we […]