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Real Communities Learning Tour

Real Communities Learning Tour March 23-28
Real Communities Learning Tour

March 23-28, 2015

The Real Communities Learning Tour, sponsored by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD), is designed to provide participants with the following:

    • An intensive view of the community building initiatives that the Council supports
    • An overview of the values, practices, and principles of Real Communities, as well as lessons learned
    • Opportunities to interact with community builders, community members involved in projects, and program staff
    • Time to share, ask questions, dream together, socialize, and reflect
    • Ideas for developing and supporting similar initiatives at home

Learn more about the Real Communities Learning Tour, and register here to join GCDD and Real Communities' leaders for an engaging conversation on building better communities for everyone.

About Real Communities

Real Communities is a cutting-edge initiative launched in 2010 by the GCDD to partner with local groups working to build more just communities. It's a thoughtful, action learning approach that equips community members at the grassroots level to work together toward common goals to improve their own community using person-centered supports, community-centered connections, and persistent and reflective learning. Purposefully involving people with and without developmental disabilities in collaborative projects is pivotal to the framework of Real Communities. We seek to support communities who welcome and utilize the gifts of everyone, including those who have been historically marginalized, and create avenues toward reciprocity, interdependence, and social change. Specifically, partners in Real Communities act on four commitments:

  • Taking action that makes a community better for everyone
  • Engaging people with developmental disabilities as active contributors
  • Organizing in a way that builds a community's capacity for collective action
  • Sharing what we learn

The Council actively supports communities in a number of ways, including technical assistance, training, popular education, and at times, financial support. Projects are determined by individual communities, as opposed to GCDD staff, and vary according to local needs and desires. They could range from community-based transportation to cooperatives to community gardens. By handing the reins to individual communities and leading by stepping back, GCDD supports real communities as they flourish and achieve real and lasting community-based change.

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