The mission of Disability Rights Mississippi is to promote, protect and advocate for the legal and human rights of all people with disabilities, and to assist them with full inclusion in home, community, education and employment.
What is the main function of this agency and what does it mean?
Disability Rights Mississippi (DRMS) is a private, non-profit corporation with a federal mandate to protect and advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities across the state of MS. DRMS has been providing advocacy services for almost thirty years, free of charge, to Mississippians with disabilities and has helped improve the lives of thousands of our state’s most vulnerable population by championing their rights. DRMS is the only disability advocacy agency in MS that has attorneys on staff to pursue legal remedies if necessary. The mission of DRMS is to promote, protect and advocate for the legal and human rights of all persons with disabilities and to assist them with full inclusion in home, community, education and employment.
What issues does DRMS advocate for?
Accommodations in the classroom; Employment Accessibility and Benefits; Medicaid Rights; Increased Community-Based Services and Supports; Equal Access to the Electoral Process; Fiscal Responsibility of Policy Makers; Accessible Transportation; Affordable and Accessible Housing.
How does DRMS determine the projects it works on?
DRMS proudly accepts input from communities across the state every year in an effort to have the voices of the people it serves drive the priorities it works on. DRMS also accepts suggestions from anyone with an interest in its work throughout the year via the feedback form available on this web-site.
When should I call DRMS for assistance?
Anytime that you feel your individual rights have been violated or you are aware of the rights of another individual with a disability whose rights have been violated. If you know of a personal care home that needs to be investigated, or if you know of a situation in which abuse and neglect are probable, always call us. If the issue is not in line with our goals and priorities for the current year, we will diligently assist you by providing referrals to others who may be able to help. Never hesitate to call us with a question or concern. We have a strong information and referral system. The staff at DRMS have vast experience and heart. They strive to provide top quality advocacy assistance at all levels.