If you have purchased a clipboard at Wal-Mart, then it probably has come from the Mississippi Industries for the Developmentally Disabled here in Meridian. The rehabilitation program offered to clients focuses on teaching life skills.
John Anderson, Board President of MIDD, tells us it is an, "opportunity to bring those in that are suffering from mental or physical disabilities or a combination of the two, and be able to help them develop their life skills in the hopes of being able to move them into the mainstream at some point in time."
Those life skills include the whole individual so they can be independent members of society.
Bryan Burt, Director of MIDD, tells us about the skills they learn at MIDD.
"Primarily, it's the work skills. We want them to be able to go into the community and find a job, so we try and teach them work skills, and we also use different activities to teach them daily living skills, personal hygiene, things that are significant and important for them to become independent, become part of the community."
Even while working at MIDD, their clients are making money that is spent right here in the Queen City.
"Well, these people buy goods in Meridian," Anderson says. "They spend tax money in Meridian. They're no different than you and I in where we work and where we live. And so obviously there's an economic boost to the community. These people are going to live and work in Meridian."
In the past 30 years, approximately $3 million of salary from those working at MIDD has been spent in the Meridian economy.
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