Fair Highlights Services For Disabled On The Coast

People with disabilities had the chance Saturday to learn what services are available to them on the coast. The 14th annual Disability Awareness Fair at Edgewater Mall also allowed the public to see what challenges people with disabilities face.

More than 30 local and state agencies set up booths and provided information about the services available. There are agencies that help people with disabilities find jobs and that provide physical therapy, but many of the people who need the services do not know what's out there.

"We find families all the time that come that will say, 'gosh, I didn't even know that this was out there for my child that has a disability' because we work with children," said Reva Hopkins, from the New Hope Center in Ocean Springs. "They may not be getting physical therapy or whatever and we may be able to lead them in the right direction to get those services."

"We just wanted to bring some of the agencies out to give people an idea of what there is out there for people with mental or physical disabilities and how they can go out and look for a job what resources are available to them," Biloxi Recreation Superintendent Sherry Bell said.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness month. The Department of Parks and Recreation in Biloxi sponsored the fair.

People who need more information about services available for people with disabilities should call the Biloxi Recreation Office at (228) 435-6185.