My Possibilities (MP), a North Texas nonprofit, addresses the educational and vocational needs of adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). With a mission to enhance the quality of life for this underserved community, MP provides education, vocational training, social integration, independent living, and support for families and caregivers.
Over 15 years, MP has transformed from a small storefront school for 10 HIPsters into a thriving campus serving over 500 individuals weekly with high-quality education and vocational programs. It all began with three mothers envisioning a program that would offer education, job training, and residential opportunities for their children with IDD.
MP recognizes the limited access to continuing education for adults with IDD after formal schooling and has developed specialized educational programs to bridge this gap, contributing to a more inclusive society. These programs also teach essential life skills like personal hygiene, financial literacy, cooking, transportation, and household management, empowering individuals to lead more independent lives. MP fosters an inclusive and supportive environment, providing opportunities for social interaction and meaningful relationships, countering the social isolation often faced by adults with IDD.
Regionally, MP is reshaping North Texas's approach to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access for adults with IDD. Our Employment Innovations School, in partnership with Bread Financial, offers vocational training and certification in various fields through hands-on, work-based learning. This initiative reflects MP's commitment to creating a highly specialized and untapped workforce, aiming to train HIPsters as dedicated employees, promoting inclusive hiring practices.
MP's Career Services department collaborates closely with HIPster participants aspiring to join the workforce. Recognizing the challenges adults with IDD face in securing suitable employment, they offer vocational training programs designed to equip individuals and corporate partners with essential skills, accessibility awareness, and job-related training. This effort increases the chances of finding meaningful employment and contributes to a more inclusive job market.