Perspectives: Not Mia’s Reality

Perspectives: Not Mia’s Reality
At the HCBS (Home and Community Based Services) Conference in Washington DC in August, one of the keynote speakers was a young woman who stars in the TV series “Born This Way.” Think of it as a reality version of Friends, but the stars all have Down syndrome. Much like the coffee shop in...

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A Sense of Belonging

A Sense of Belonging
My name is Lindsey Kussow. I am 23 and live in Rincon, GA, a small town outside Savannah. It is growing with lots of new businesses, and I work at one of the big businesses called Edwards Interiors. And, I want to tell you my story. In high school, I was in Project SEARCH. Instead of my last...

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Notice of Funds Available (NoFA) Magazine & Annual Report

Apply for this Grant October 20, thru December 8, 2016

The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is requesting proposals from individuals or organizations to produce for print as well as online use, a magazine known as, "Making A Difference Magazine" and its Annual Report. The...

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EXPERT UPDATE: Time to Get to Work!

EXPERT UPDATE:  Time to Get to Work!
When we meet someone new, one of the first things we usually ask is “What do you do?” Our jobs help define who we are, create meaning in our lives and build relationships with co-workers and the broader community. For people with disabilities, having a job is key to real community...

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A Vision for 2021: GCDD’s Five Year Plan Begins

A Vision for 2021: GCDD’s Five Year Plan Begins
Last fall, the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) set out across the State to hear what people with developmental disabilities, families, caregivers and other stakeholders had to say about the issues most important to them when it comes to services and supports. Through an...

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URGENT GNETS Update - Act Now!

URGENT GNETS Update - Act Now!
Attention Education Advocates! Do you have concerns you want to share about the GNETS? If so, we want to share with you an important announcement. The Georgia Department of Education has recently proposed a new draft to the State Board of Education Rules, specifically Rule 160-4-7-.15,...

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Voting: Now Get Out and Vote!

Voting: Now Get Out and Vote!
On November 8, 2016, millions of Americans will head to the polls to vote for the next President of the United States of America, Vice President and congressional leaders for the US House of Representatives and US Senate. This election, like all, is important and it is even more important for...

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Project SEARCH Success in Georgia

Project SEARCH Success in Georgia
At the Annual Project SEARCH Conference held in Orlando, FL in August, 183 program sites from 37 states and three countries were recognized for achieving 70-100% employment for their 2015 program graduates. Georgia was an Outcome Award Honoree winning 13 awards, including nine out of 18 sites...

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Why Inclusion Works in Employment

Why Inclusion Works in Employment
Kristina Brewster loves college football, as in, really loves college football. “UGA all the way,” said Brewster, throwing her hands in the air as if signaling a touchdown. She also pulls for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – when they aren’t playing the Dawgs, of course – and can tell you all...

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