HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Over 20 organizations across the Pine Belt will come together for disability Awareness Day. The annual event will be hosted at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center on April 4. Each organization will be on hand to provide services to improve attendees quality of life.
"The goal of this important day has always been to connect Hattiesburg's disabled and special needs community with services and resources they might not know are available to them," said Katie Weeks, event coordinator in a press release. "Hosting this event does more than highlight our local organizations and services, but acts as a valuable resource for those in our community with special needs, specific disabilities and the families that support them."
Blood pressure testing, glucose/cholesterol screening, and legal counseling will be available for those in attendance. Additionally, information regarding supportive living, insurance coverage and community-based housing assistance will be on hand.
"The department of Urban Development serves a lot of communities within the City of Hattiesburg," said Andrew Ellard, director of Urban Development in a press release. "This event contributes greatly to increasing the awareness for our special needs community, but also in connecting our local and state resources to our residents who need them."
The event will also feature a guest speaker from the Hub City Region's Special Olympics and Project SEARCH programs. Refreshments will be served, door prizes will be awarded and seniors and disabled individuals who live within the city limits will receive a NOAA Weather Radio.