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Take Your Legislator to Work Day 2017

GCDD Take Your Legislator to Work Day logoThe Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is please to share the stories of this year's  Take Your Legislator to Work Day! The month-long event coincided with NDEAM, the 2017 theme of which was Inclusion Drives Innovation.

The goal of Take Your Legislator To Work Day is to show the far reaching benefits to employers, employees and communities alike of hiring people with disabilities as well as to create opportunities for Georgians with disabilities to form and nurture relationships with their elected officials.

GCDD's Take Your Legislator to Work Day is an opportunity for employees with disabilities to invite their legislator(s) to visit them at work. Any Georgian who is employed in an integrated setting and who identifies as having a disability is encouraged to apply. We believe that visiting an employee at work is the best way to show legislators that people with disabilities want to work and are as capable as anyone at working in real jobs for real wages. We also believe your elected officials will best undersand the positive impact of publically funded employment supports if they see those in action.

Take Your Legislator to Work Day is open to any person with a disability that lives in Georgia and works in a community integrated setting earning at or above minimum wage.

Austin Pahr with Rep Jason Ridley & Sen Chuck Payne Austin Pahr with Rep Jason Ridley & Sen Chuck Payne
Bayley Bristow with Sen Fran Millar Bayley Bristow with Sen Fran Millar
Christine Sass with Sen Elena Parent Christine Sass with Sen Elena Parent
Coffee Regional Medical Center Project Search Coffee Regional Medical Center Project Search with Rep Dominic LaRiccia
Elizabeth Terzich with Sen Mike Dugan Elizabeth Terzich with Sen Mike Dugan
Emily Shaw with Rep Clay Cox Emily Shaw with Rep Clay Cox
Hannah Hibben with Rep Dale Rutledge Hannah Hibben with Rep Dale Rutledge
Jack Prettyman with Rep Scott Hilton Jack Prettyman with Rep Scott Hilton
Matthew Roush Rep Sheila Jones Matthew Roush with Rep Sheila Jones

The legislative response this year was overwhelmingly positive and we thank all those who participated. Listed below are the completed visits of legislators and their constituents with disabilities who have been visited at work. The list will be updated as we receive more information.

Take Your Legislator to Work Day Visits

  • Hannah Hibben visited by Rep Dale Rutledge at the Great American Cookie Co in McDonough
  • Emily Shaw visited by Rep Clay Cox at disABILITY LINK in Tucker
  • Austin Pahr visited by Rep Jason Ridley & Sen Chuck Payne at Nob North Golf Course in Cohutta
  • Christine Sass visited by Sen Elena Parent at Taziki's in Decatur
  • Bayley Bristow visited by Sen Fran Millar at The Elaine Clark Center in Chamblee
  • Jack Prettyman visited by Rep Scott Hilton at the Wesleyan School in Peachtree Corners
  • Elizabeth Terzich visited by Sen Mike Dugan at the Carrol County Animal Hospital in Carrolton (Click here to read an article in the Times-Georgian.)
  • Patrick James Barlow visited by Sen Steve Henson at the Park Springs Retirement Community in Stone Mountain
  • Matthew Roush visited by Rep Sheila Jones at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta
  • Mikel Miller visited by Rep J Collins at the Ingles in Villa Rica,
  • Tyler Blanton visited by Rep Steve Tarvin at Unique Fabricating in Lafayette (Click here to access the TV coverage on WTVC Channel 9 ABC.)
  • Katrina Parsons visited by Rep Beth Beskin at disABILITY LINK in Tucker
  • Elizabeth Cicerchia visited by Sen Michael "Doc" Rhett at the Kids R Kids Pre School in Marietta
  • Project Search Interns: Reuben Stephen, Nick Brundidge, Rayshun Grant, Rashaan Davis, Darrius Elias, Tionna Evans, Sam Thomas and Deshunte Banks visited by Rep Carolyn Hugley at the TSYS Project Search Site in Columbus (Click here to access the TV coverage on WTVM Channel 9.)
  • Project Search Interns visited by Rep Dominic LaRiccia at the Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas

Click here to view all the photos.

 

Take Your Legislator to Work Day is Back!

Take Your Legislator to Work Day is Back!Georgia’s Take Your Legislator To Work Day (TYLTWD) kicked off October 2016 to commemorate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The efforts of TYLTWD started with the Employment First Georgia Coalition, a group of 300-strong advocates including people with disabilities, family members, service providers and advocates who believe that all people with disabilities have the ability to work and that Georgia needs an Employment First policy.

The goal of Take Your Legislator To Work Day is to show the far reaching benefits of hiring people with disabilities, support the idea that in an Employment First Georgia, employment should be the first and preferred option for all people – with and without disabilities and to call attention to the 2016 NDEAM theme, #InclusionWorks.

GCDD's Take Your Legislator to Work Day is an opportunity for employees with disabilities to invite their legislator(s) to visit them at work. All workers with disabilities working in competitive, integrated employment in their community are encouraged to apply. We believe that visiting an employee at work is the best way to show legislators that people with disabilities want to work and are as capable as anyone at working real, competitive jobs for real wages in integrated settings.
The visits are in progress and we will keep you updated as they happen:

Take Your Legislator to Work Day Visits

Chad Roberts was visited by Rep. Scot Turner at Sweetwater Growers in Canton for TYLTWD

 

Chad Roberts visited by Rep. Scot Turner at Sweetwater Growers in Canton.

 

 

Take Your Legislator to Work Day Returns

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The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is excited to announce the return of Take Your Legislator to Work Day! This month-long event coincides with NDEAM, the 2017 theme of which is Inclusion Drives Innovation.

The goal of Take Your Legislator To Work Day is to show the far reaching benefits to employers, employees and communities alike of hiring people with disabilities as well as to create opportunities for Georgians with disabilities to form and nurture relationships with their elected officials.

GCDD's Take Your Legislator to Work Day is an opportunity for employees with disabilities to invite their legislator(s) to visit them at work. Any Georgian who is employed in an integrated setting and who identifies as having a disability is encouraged to apply. We believe that visiting an employee at work is the best way to show legislators that people with disabilities want to work and are as capable as anyone at working in real jobs for real wages. We also believe your elected officials will best undersand the positive impact of publically funded employment supports if they see those in action.

Registration is now open! The earlier you register, the easier scheduling will be with your legislators!

Participation is simple! Just click here to start the registration process and someone from GCDD will contact you within five business days to review your eligibility, process your application, and discuss next steps.

Deadline to register is September 25, 2017

IMPORTANT: Please be sure to wait to hear from GCDD first BEFORE you contact your legislator so that we can help ensure you have a successful visit and provide you with the tools you will need.

Registration link: http://bit.ly/TakeYourLegislatorToWorkDay

Take Your Legislator to Work Day is open to any person with a disability that lives in Georgia and works in a community integrated setting earning at or above minimum wage.

 

 

 

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GCDD Executive Director Eric Jacobson with Keynote speaker Ted Jackson and GCDD Chair Mitzi Proffitt at the 2016 DIsability Day.The main objective of GCDD's public policy efforts is to promote public policy that makes sense for the people we serve. We support policies that encourage the integration between people with developmental disabilities, the people who support them and the community as a whole.

GCDD’s resources, vision, values, goals and mission create a solid platform that continues to influence the direction of public policy at the state and federal level. It is a platform that fosters change in service provision, reflects the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, and promotes public awareness of those needs.

To help you become a better advocate, GCDD’s Public Policy Team offers the following information.

To view past GCDD Public Policy events, such as Disability Day at the Capitol, Advocacy Days and Take Your Legislator to Work Day, click on Public Policy Events.

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