The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, also known as “Georgia’s DD Council” is one of 55 entities of its type in the United States and territories that report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Community Living. It is authorized under Public Law 106-402, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act Amendments of 2000.
Our activities are governed by a 27-member board, appointed by the Governor and comprised of at least 60 percent individuals with developmental disabilities and family members. Other members include policymakers that represent various agencies and organizations having a vested interested in persons with developmental disabilities.
Originally established as the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, our name was changed in July 2009 to the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, in accordance with legislation that ordered the reorganization of the Department of Human Resources (DHR), Department of Community Health (DCH) and the newly created Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD).
Today, the GCDD continues to serve as an advocate for all persons with developmental disabilities. We are charged with creating systems change for people with developmental disabilities and their families by increasing opportunities for independence, inclusion, integration, productivity and self-determination. Activities include public policy research and analysis, reform, project demonstrations, education and training.
Since our inception in 1971, GCDD has been a powerful advocate for more than 1.7 million Georgians with developmental disabilities and their families. The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities wishes to thank those members who rotated off the Council this year. Below is a list of current Council members.
Council Members / Advisory Board Members
|Josette Akhras||Parent Advocate||Eatonton|
|June Armour||Self-Advocate/Advisory Member||Athens|
|Becky Brightwell||Institute of Human Developmental & Disability – University of Georgia - Designee||Athens|
|Katie Chandler||The Georgia Advocacy Office
|Farah Chapes||Local Nonprofit/Provider||Atlanta|
|Christine Clark||Parent Advocate/Advisory Member||Woodstock|
|Daniel Crimmins||Center for Leadership in Disability - Georgia State University||Atlanta|
|Viviana Fernandez||Parent Advocate/Advisory Member||Johns Creek|
|Deborah Gay||Georgia Department of Education||Atlanta|
|Trace Haythorn||Parent Advocate||Decatur|
|Renorta Heard||Georgia Department of Human Services||Atlanta|
|Teresa Ann Heard||Local Nonprofit/Provider||Albany|
|Deborah C. Hibben||Parent Advocate||McDonough|
|Ernest Hopkins III||Self-Advocate/Advisory Member||Atlanta|
|Geneice McCoy||Parent Advocate||Augusta|
|Stephen McGarity||Self-Advocate/Advisory Member||Carnesville|
|Heidi Moore||Parent Advocate||Alpharetta|
|Ruby Moore||Georgia Advocacy Office||Decatur|
|Brenda Liz Muñoz||Parent Advocate||Duluth|
|Evan H. Nodvin||Self-Advocate||Atlanta|
|Mitzi R. Proffitt||Parent Advocate||Brooklet|
|Stacy Ramirez||Center for Leadership in Disability - Georgia State University - Designee||Atlanta|
|Marcia Singson||Parent Advocate||Winder|
|Dr. Zolinda Stoneman||Institute of Human Development & Disability - University of Georgia||Athens|
|Jennifer Stratton||Sibling Advocate/Advisory Member||Brunswick|
|Lynn D. Walker||Georgia Department of Human Services - Designee||Atlanta|
|Rickie Jodie Wren||Parent Advocate||Villa Rica|
State Agency Partners
|Commissioner Frank Berry||Georgia Department of Community Health|
|Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden||Georgia Department of Human Services|
|Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald, MD||Georgia Department of Public Health|
|Commissioner Judy Fitzgerald
||Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities|
|Commissioner Camila Knowles||Georgia Department of Community Affairs|
|Executive Director Greg Schmeig||Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency|