Alyssa Danielle Parks, LMSW serves as a Transition Specialist at the Institute for Disability Studies. Danielle received her Master of Social Work from The University of Southern Mississippi as well as a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Danielle served as the first two-year Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities Program (LEND) Program and was the first Mississippi AUCD Emerging Leader in 2018. Currently, Danielle provides transition to adulthood training and also provides training and technical assistance for university students with intellectual disabilities. In addition, Danielle assists with one university student organization, the STEP UP to Leadership Advisory Council. Danielle enjoys her work assisting young adults with disabilities reach their employment and postsecondary education dreams.