Taylor Carley of Hattiesburg has been named self-advocacy coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS). Carley is the first to hold this newly created position which highlights IDS’ commitment to promoting self-advocacy in Mississippi with a focus on youth and young adults.
Carley began volunteering at IDS in 2012 with the STEP UP to Leadership Council and with the youth-focused programs. Later in 2012, he began his first service year with the TRIAD Service AmeriCorps Program, an inclusive service program that initially was focused on supporting the transition to adulthood for youth and young adults with disabilities.
Since that first year, Carley has served two more years of national service. He has served as the co-president and is current co-treasurer of the STEP UP Council and was honored with the first Breaking Barriers Award presented by the Mississippi Special Education Advisory Panel in 2014.