USM Institute Director for Disabilities Studies gets invite to D.C.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Executive Director of the Institute for Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi is traveling to Washington D.C. this week to attend the 50th Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities and Bill of Rights Act.

Dr. Royal Walker will join other professionals in the field as they meet with senior Administration officials to take part in a series of panel discussions about the past, present,' and future for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Walker says with these discussion panels they will be able to reflect on the progress that has been made in the last 50-years and chart a course for the future in serving people with these disabilities.

"We still have a lot of work to do. We need to build a strong community service infrastructure  so that we are transitioning people out of institutional settings and bringing them into the community where they have the support services, both informal and formal," said Walker.

These services are going to ensure they are able to thrive and be truly integrated into the community.

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