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, 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.
Applications for Council Membership
Applications for Council membership are always welcome and members of the disability community, including family members, are encouraged to apply at any time during the year. All applicants must complete and submit an application for consideration of endorsement to the Office of the Governor. If you are interested in applying to be considered as a Council member, please download the application below.
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
Attention: Eric E. Jacobson, Executive Director
2 Peachtree Street, Suite 26.240
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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
Institute of Human Developmental & Disability – University of Georgia – Designee
Parent Advocate/Advisory Member
Center for Leadership in Disability - Georgia State University – Designee
Center for Leadership in Disability - Georgia State University
Georgia Options, Inc.
Georgia Advocacy Office – Designee
Georgia Advocacy Office
Interim Council Chair
Georgia Department of Education
Institute of Human Development & Disability - University of Georgia
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 Sean Casey||Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency|