It’s time to showcase our second Starkville Restaurant Week Charity Finalist of the week! SRW 2017 is just days away, and it’s time to plan your eating with breakfast, lunch, dinner and every snack in between at one of our great participating restaurants. Don’t forget to VOTE every time you eat! One of our deserving charities will receive the $5000 grand prize from Cadence Bank. In addition, we will also award 2nd and 3rd place prizes — $1000 provided by Vollor-Lang Law Firm and $500 provided by Ross Kelley PLLC!
T.K. MARTIN CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY AND DISABILITY
How long has your organization been in operation and how was it founded.
Since 1996. It was created under an Establishment Grant with Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services.
What is your organization’s on-going mission?
The mission of the T.K. Martin Center for Technology & Disability is to ensure that persons with disabilities are able to continually benefit from technological solutions and advances in the field of assistive technology. It is also the mission of the Center to provide quality services to individuals with disabilities through a range of services including early intervention and visual art opportunities.
Does your organization work with any other groups or non-profit organizations to accomplish its mission?
The Center works with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitations Services, Mississippi Department of Health Early Intervention program, the Mississippi Department of Education and many school districts throughout the state.
In what ways does your organization impact Starkville and the Golden Triangle area?
The Center directly services about 300 children and adults each year in the Starkville/Golden Triangle area.
Can you briefly share one of your success stories?
A child that we serve through Project IMPACT came to us nonspeaking. He had been receiving traditional speech therapy for about 9 months with no development of natural speech. Through therapy in Project IMPACT and the use of a speech generating device (assistive technology) he quickly began to use natural speech. He now no longer needs the communication device and uses naturally speech to communicate. He is able to use vocabulary, sentences and the social skills of a typical three year old.
Approximately how many people does your organization serve each year?
T.K. Martin Center serves about 600 people each year.
How does your organization receive funding for your work, and what would the $5000 SRW Charity Prize help you achieve?
We receive funding through contracts with state agencies and fee for service. We have sustained many budget cuts this year due to a decrease in state agency budgets so the award would assist us in providing services to individuals with disabilities through all of our programs.
What do you feel is your group’s greatest accomplishment?
Assisting individuals with disabilities in being more independent.
Where can people go to learn more about your organization, and how can people get involved?
They can go to our website www.tkmartin.msstate.edu We love to have volunteers.
You’re one of our Top Three SRW Charities! Now tell us what it means to you to be included as part of Starkville Restaurant Week as one of the Top Three Charities.
Being part of the SRW gives us an opportunity to spread the word about the T K Martin Center so that individuals and families that need our services will become familiar with what we do.