The Institute on Disability Studies (MS UCEDD) Receives the Governor's Community Project of Excellence Award
May 24, 2010
Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) has received its third Governor's Community Project of Excellence Award. Governor Hailey Barbour presented the Institute for Disability Studies' Executive Director Royal Walker with the 2010 Best Homebuyer Assistance Award for the work of the HOYO program. IDS received awards in 2007 and 2002. At the March 25 ceremony, from left, Royal Walker, executive director; Cassie Hicks, coordinator of housing; Cindy Singletary, chair, IDS Community Partnership Advisory Council; and Ruthie Bilal from the MS Home Corporation.
The mission of the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) is to positively affect the lives of Mississippi citizens with developmental and other disabilities and their families across the life span and to work toward increasing their independence, productivity and integration into their communities.
Core functions include providing interdisciplinary preservice preparation and continuing education of students, professionals and para-professionals; providing community services for individuals disabilities, their families, professionals, paraprofessionals, policy makers, students, and others; conducting research, evaluation and analysis of public policy in areas that affect individuals with disabilities and their families; and disseminating information.