Disability Rights Group Stops In Meridian

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Disability Rights Mississippi, an organization dedicated to the protection and advocacy for individuals with disabilities, stopped in Meridian Wednesday.

Representatives from the organization are taking a tour around Mississippi. Their goal is to learn what they can do to better help people with disabilities.

"We've been around for many, many years," said Sue Cannimore of DRMS. "We've recently changed our name and have a brand new director. We have a lot of new focus, and we're out letting people know about that changes and also asking for input from people with disabilities and people who work with disabilities, to find out what they think are the important issues that we need to be working on."

The organization came to Meridian to hear from our community, and while they were here they had a special guest.

"I was in a nursing home," said Denise Covington, a DRMS client.

Covington is one person who has been helped by Disability Rights Mississippi.

She suffered a traumatic brain injury from a car crash more than 10 years ago.

Covington lived in a nursing home and had to get around in a wheelchair for years, but she has been determined. She's still working on it, but she can walk on her own now.

"I asked her aunt 'what does she need?' because I wanted to bring her a house warming gift," said Veronica Lane of DRMS. "Her aunt said 'she's trying to cook so bring her some pots and pans'. So I said okay and I went over there and visited her and she's living great."

Disability Rights Mississippi made sure Covington had what she needed to get along in the world outside the nursing home, and getting along is exactly what she's doing.

For more information about DRMS, call 1-800-772-4057.

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