Background Image Alternative Text: Alumna Wanda Dean with ACCESS students on campus.

ACCESS On-Campus

With the establishment of ACCESS in 2010, MSU placed itself among a select group of institutions nationally that are working to overcome one of the last remaining hurdles in education and civil rights – the transition of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) into post-secondary institutions. ACCESS is the only post-secondary program in the state of Mississippi that allows students with intellectual or developmental disabilities the opportunity to truly have the full, inclusive college experience!   

MSU ACCESS is a 4-year, residential post-secondary college program dedicated to ensuring students with ID/DD receive a quality postsecondary education through inclusive experiences in academics, socialization, career development, and independent living. ACCESS students have a goal of becoming gainfully employed and living as independently as possible in their communities. Upon completion of ACCESS, students will graduate with a Mississippi State University Certification of Completion with an Area of Focus.

Mission

ACCESS is dedicated to ensuring students with intellectual disabilities (ID) and/or developmental disabilities receive a quality postsecondary education through inclusive experiences in academics, socialization, career development, and independent living.

Four Components of ACCESS

ACCESS strives to provide the full college experience to students with ID/DD while focusing on four main components that help ensure successful futures:

  1. Academics
  2. Career development
  3. Independent living
  4. Socialization

 

Click https://youtu.be/8XzOs5wOk6Y to view our recorded ACCESS Preview Day to get more detailed information about ACCESS and to hear from our staff and students!