William Carey benefits from grant for intellectual disabilities programs

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Two programs at William Carey University that team students with adults with intellectual disabilities received grants Friday from the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation.

The grants totaled $13,901 and came from the Ann Morris Memorial Fund which was established to enrich the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

For the fourth time the Quality of Life Project at the university received $7,000 from the grant. This project provides recreational and educational programs for the students and the individuals they are paired with.

"We go on excursions, we have picnics, they go to movies, concerts, anywhere the student and their client want, these funds make it possible," said Dr. Paul Cotten, Quality of life project director. "It's a win, win situation all around."

This year the "Harnessing Adult's Potential Through Music Therapy" program was included in the grant. They received $6,900. This program provides music therapy services to adults with intellectual disabilities at a day rehabilitation center. The program helps the clients increase acquisition of skill building and activities for daily living.

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