Zarrow Summer Institute 2022

The 2nd annual Zarrow Summer Institute is just around the corner, and registration is now open! Reserve your spot and register today by visiting our Eventbrite event page or clicking on the flyer below.

Held virtually on Tuesday mornings from May 31 to August 2, our series of workshops is designed to bring you the most up-to-date transition-related content. This year, we have a wide array of topics from Transition 101 to transition planning to adult relationships for students with disabilities, and our presenters are all experts in their fields!

Learn more about the Summer Institute sessions and presenters at our information session on Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30 PM CDT. Please register to attend by clicking on the Info Session Registration button below.

Attendees can earn free BCBA and CEU credits.

Dustin Wright is Guest Presenter at Assistive Technology Conference 2022

Dustin Wright is the Founder of Disability Cocoon, where Dustin helps make disability technology easy for everyone through education, resources, and training – so that anyone can enable possibilities. Dustin helps professionals, families, and advocates with disabilities find creative uses of technologies that promote independence.

Dustin has worked as a Direct Support Professional, as a Director at a large disability service provider agency and was one of the founders of a nationally known remote support provider. He is a serial entrepreneur working on several other projects, all of which involve the utilization of enabling technologies for people with disabilities.

Visit for more information or to register to attend the 2022 Technology Tools for Today Conference.

Technology Tools for Today 2022 Conference is a collaboration between The Arc of Mississippi, MS Department of Rehabilitation Services, Project START, MS State University T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability, The University of Southern MS Institute for Disability Studies, North MS Regional Center TAD Center.

2022 Summer Enrichment Academy – Coming Soon!

MARK THOSE CALENDARS!!! The 2022 Summer Enrichment Academy has been confirmed and will include an in-person option in Hattiesburg, an in-person option in Long Beach and a virtual option as well. This year’s theme is connected to Disney . . . "If you can dream it, you can do it." – Walt Disney. Each session is targeting youth and young adults with disabilities ages 14-21 and includes a 2-week pre-employment training event and then a 90-hour paid internship. For more information, contact IDS Transition Programs at 601.266.5163 or 228.214.3400.

"There is no greater disability in society, than the inability to see a person as more." – Robert M. Hensel

Check out our NEW Transition Training site has officially launched! Featuring opportunities for post-secondary education, self-advocacy, and career exploration – with more coming in the future! Click here for more info

Bryant "Tyler" Johnson, MPH

Transition Specialist & TRIAD AmeriCorps Site Manager

The Institute for Disability Studies

730 Beach Blvd. East, Long Beach, MS 39560

Phone: 228-214-3327


Check out Danny Dollar Academy for students with ID/DD in grades 6-12!

This exciting personal finance and entrepreneurship is a 6-week virtual program designed to increase students’ reading and personal finance literacy. Dates of the program are October 21 – December 2, Thursdays from 6 pm – 7pm.

Please register with the MS Council on Economic Education at MCEE-Programs | MSCEE

Register by October 8th.


EMPOWERED! Empowered is a community that embraces a growth mindset.

This 8-week virtual program is for 6th – 12th graders and focuses on empowering students with intellectual or developmental disabilities to be more self-sufficient.

Please register with the MS Council on Economic Education at MCEE-Programs | MSCEE

Deadline for registration is October 1st.

Chit Chat Thursday with Taylor

Chit Chat Thursday with Taylor channel is a monthly video series highlighting self-advocacy, services, and successes in Mississippi. The show is hosted by Taylor Carley, Self-Advocacy Coordinator at the Institute for Disability Studies. Each episode explores a new topic with a featured guest. For more information, check out the YouTube page at

If you would like to be featured in an episode, contact Taylor at 601-266-4263 or