The Mississippi disAbility MegaConference is the state's largest conference for people with disabilities, their families, and professionals. At the conference, speakers and vendors will share the latest information and innovations on many topics such as healthcare, education, employment, mental health, safety, and much more! The conference is a great way for people to make new friends and learn about services that may benefit their lives in the future.
Thursday Keynote Speaker
"Imagination is More Important Than Vision"
Toby Willis, a native Mississippian, was diagnosed with a retina disorder called Retinitis Pigmentosa in June of 2001. Since then he has earned three college degrees, worked in disability support services at Middle Tennessee State University and City University of Seattle, and started a Seattle's first guide dog program. He currently works for Expedia as a software engineer working on Expedia’s web accessibility initiative where he continues to advocate and design web products that insure equal access for all users.
Expedia, Inc. is an American-based parent company to several global online travel brands including Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Hotwire.com, trivago, Egencia, Venere.com, Expedia Local Expert, Classic Vacations, Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Travelocity and Orbitz.
Toby lives by the mantra, “Life is what you make it. Like Lou Holtz said, ‘life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react.’ I believe that you can find something positive in everything…take that one positive thing and make something good come of it.“
Toby and Dazzler
Celebration Night Guest Appearance Plus Friday Keynote Speaker
"Working With What You've Got"
Zach Anner is a comedian, TV show host, fitness instructor, and writer. He has cerebral palsy. He won his own show in 2011 from the Oprah Winfrey Network - "Rollin with Zach." He has hosted "Have a Little Faith" on SoulPancake and "Riding Shotgun" and "Workout Wednesdays" on his Youtube channel. Zach likes to make people laugh and maybe even inspire them.
Zach's new book, If at Birth You Don't Succeed, was listed in People magazine as one of the "Best New Books." (March 21, 2016) (Click on "Speakers" on the left menu to see the article.)
Mississippi disAbility MegaConference
World Class Speakers
Interactive Workshops and Educational Sessions
Exhibits of Products and Services
Awards Luncheon on Thursday
Thursday Night Entertainment Time
On Wednesday, June 15 from 5 - 7:30 p.m., Dream Night at the Jackson Zoo will be held for people with disabilities and their families.
Come enjoy the animals, entertainment, and food! On your registration, please indicate if you can attend and if you need transportation!