Contact: Sasha Steinberg
STARKVILLE, Miss.—In the midst of the COVID-19 situation, the dedicated staff members of Mississippi State’s T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability and the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic (ADDC) are continuing to provide outreach services to individuals with disabilities and their families.
Stratton-Gadke said the T.K. Martin Center’s physical location is closed, but staff members are all working remotely to ease communication with patients and families by answering the center’s main phone line and each staff line, which have been forwarded to cell phones.
Stratton-Gadke said staff are sharing classroom schedules for the Project IMPACT Preschool with families to help keep the program’s children actively involved and on a consistent schedule.
“Each day, we also have been providing very brief online videos or short lessons to support learning during the extended spring break,” she said.
“We can provide some assessments via telehealth, and our team is looking into how to do this. If given permission from MDH, we will be ready to go,” she said.
Speaking about mobility, adaptive driving, and augmentative and alternative communication services, Stratton-Gadke said the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services has given the center permission to move forward with telehealth services. She said Webex will be used to meet with clients on a case-by-case basis.
“If it is inappropriate to provide service via telehealth, a waitlist will be started for when in-person assessments and appointments can begin,” she said. “We also have an option to deliver our dyslexia services via telehealth as well, and our graduate assistants are learning this system now.”
Stratton-Gadke emphasized, “Everyone has worked very well together in this time, and we look forward to continuing service to the general community as best as we can. We want folks to know we are here for them.”
@autismclinicmsstate and @tkmartincenter).
Learn more about MSU’s College of Education at www.educ.msstate.edu; Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic, www.addc.msstate.edu; T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability, www.tkmartin.msstate.edu.
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.