May 25, 2019  

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Hearing-Vision Project at Southern Miss Earns Continuing State Funding

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The Mississippi Hearing-Vision Project (MH-VP), formerly known as the Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project (MSDB), was recently funded for an additional five years by the U. S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. The project is based in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

The funding award will allow the program to continue providing technical assistance and dissemination of services to school districts, agencies and families of children ages birth through 22 years old who have both a hearing loss and a vision loss.

Linda McDowell, associate professor in the Department Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education is principal investigator for the project, with Toni Hollingsworth serving as project director and Elizabeth Grantham as project coordinator.

Hollingsworth said having both a vision and hearing impairment creates a profound impediment to learning as both of the primary learning senses are affected, limiting an individual’s ability to clearly access information.

“This grant makes an extensive long-term impact in the lives of the Mississippi children we reach, as we provide educators and families with highly specialized training and resources enabling them to provide support for positive learning environments and advocacy skills over the course of the child's education,” Hollingsworth said.

Parents, teachers, school district or agency officials looking for information about the project’s services for children with vision or hearing impairments should call 601.266.5135; online, visit the project’s updated website at; on Facebook, go to For information about the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, visit