Public Input for GCDD's Five Year Strategic Plan

Participate in GCDD's Focus GroupsParticipate in the development of the next GCDD Five Year Strategic Plan (2022 - 2026) by applying to participate in a focus group which will be held in September.

Last Focus Groups are Sept 9 & 10: Apply to Participate

GCDD has opened the application process for six virtual focus groups to be held in the month of September. These focus groups, ranging in size from 5-7 participants and approximately 60-90 minutes in length, will facilitate conversations with advocates, families and providers to collect information on how funding and resources impact specific populations.

Click here to apply for a focus group online.   Click here to download an application in word.

In order to ensure our groups accurately represent diversity, we ask that you please complete the demographic questions in the application. Your information will not be shared with the public. We have a limited number of openings, so there is a possibility that you may not be chosen. However, we welcome you to fill out a survey to let us know your thoughts. Call 470-366-5734 or email if you have additional questions or need assistance in submitting the application. 


September 2:

1 pm - 2:30 pm – FAMILY MEMBERS

September 4:
10 am - 11:30 am – PROFESSIONALS

September 9:
7 pm - 8:30 pm – FAMILY MEMBERS

September 10:
3 pm - 4:30 pm – PROFESSIONALS

More about the Five Year Strategic Plan

The Five Year Strategic Plan determines how the Council will allocate funding to create systems change for individuals with developmental disabilities and family members through advocacy and capacity building activities.

“All GCDD efforts aim to ensure that people with disabilities are independent and interdependent, have greater economic self-sufficiency, are integrated and included in their respective communities and self-determined in their lives,” said GCDD Executive Director Eric Jacobson.

“The Five Year Strategic Plan is the foundation of how the Council does its work across the state,” said Jacobson. “We need to hear from individuals with disabilities, family members, caregivers, siblings and the community-at-large about what issues are important to them. This feedback will set the course of what the Council has to work on for the next five years.”

Currently, the Council is working off the 2017-2021 plan that focuses on five goals: Education, Employment, Formal and Informal Supports, Real Communities and Self-Advocacy.

Driven by the plan, various projects emerged and were expanded by GCDD in partnership with organizations across the state. Through a grant from GCDD, Sangha Unity Network (SUN) is working to promote, create and sustain an advocacy movement for individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. With University of Georgia's Institute on Human Development and Disability, GCDD launched Advancing Employment to improve employment supports and outcomes for individuals with disabilities who want to work through a technical assistance center that supports Provider Transformation. Additionally, the Supported Decision-Making partnership seeks to lay the foundation for widespread adoption of supported decision-making as an alternative to guardianship in Georgia, among so many more.

“The strategic plan is the driver for the Council. We do our jobs by putting into action ideas that create community impact and ultimately change systems in ways that ensure the disability community has access to meaningful lives of their choice,” added Jacobson.