Alyssa Parks, MSW

Institute for Disability Studies: Mississippi's UCEDD
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5163
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Phone: 601-266-5962
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Last Updated: January 02, 2019

Alyssa Parks

Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Transition Specialist
Discipline(s): Social Work
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: Postsecondary education for people with intellectual disabilities, transition to adulthood for people with disabilities
Education: Bachelor's of Social Work, Master's of Social Work
Service: LEND Trainee for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, The University of Southern Mississippi STEP Up to Leadership Council, The University of Southern Mississippi Special Olympics College, The Hattiesburg ARC


Alyssa Danielle Parks, LMSW, currently serves as the Transition Specialist at the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM).  Danielle received her bachelor’s degree and master's degree in Social Work from The University of Southern Mississippi and graduated with the honor of being part of the Social Work Honor Society Phi Alpha.  During her time at IDS, Danielle has gained opportunities to work closely with youth and young adults with disabilities; assisted in a diversity grant initiative Project GOLD; served as the first two-year LEND trainee and the Mississippi Representative/Liaison; served as the Employment Specialist for the Transition of Teens to Adult Life Program; and assisted with a proposal to develop the first postsecondary program for people with intellectual disabilities at USM.  Danielle was also chosen as the 2018 AUCD Emerging Leader for Mississippi.  Danielle looks forward to her new position as the Transition Specialist and using this as an opportunity to help young people with disabilities reach their employment and postsecondary education dreams.