Georgia Options Leads The Way

Georgia Options Leads The Way
Since 1992, a little known nonprofit organization in Athens, GA has been steadily making strides in caring for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). By working on a case by case basis, Georgia Options has dedicated itself to ensure people with disabilities thrive...

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The Future of Georgia’s Medicaid Program

The Future of Georgia’s Medicaid Program
With sweeping changes occurring in Washington, DC under the new administration, one of the biggest proposals to come out of the White House was the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that became law on March 23, 2010. Many of those changes would...

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Talking Disability Advocacy at the Georgia State Capitol

Talking Disability Advocacy at the Georgia State Capitol
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) held the 2017 Advocacy Days in February and March this year at the Georgia State Capitol – five different days of advocacy dedicated to issues that are integral to the success of the developmental disability community in the State. While a...

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A Review of the 2017 Georgia Legislative Session

A Review of the 2017 Georgia Legislative Session
Another year has come and gone and the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) spent every day of the 40-day legislative session advocating under the Gold Dome so we can fulfill our mission to promote public policy that enables integrated community life for people with disabilities,...

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Celebration of Life for Dottie Adams

Celebration of Life for Dottie Adams
As many of you know, we had to reschedule January's celebration of Dottie Adams' life due to winter weather. We will gather together and celebrate the life of our dear friend and teacher on Saturday May 6th at 1pm at Centenary United Methodist Church in Macon, GA. A potluck reception will...

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Call to Action: I Am Medicaid Campaign

Are you covered by Medicaid? Do you have a loved one on Medicaid? Do you serve Medicaid patients? Then we need your help... Many of your fellow Georgians don’t understand the impact Medicaid has not only on their neighbors but on themselves. This is an effort to put a face on the word...

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TAKE ACTION TODAY: Just one more step for the Family Care Act

TAKE ACTION TODAY: Just one more step for the Family Care Act - Governor Deal's staff will review all legislation that passed in 2017 and make a recommendation about what action the Governor should take: sign, veto or allow legislation to become law without signature. Gov. Deal has until May 9...

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Event: Building Blocks to Financial Empowerment

Join us for an incredibly informative session on financial education and learn more about the ABLE Accounts in Georgia. We are partnering with Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to provide financial empowerment opportunities for people with disabilities.ABLE (Achieving a Better Life...

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GNETS Feedback Meetings Scheduled by Department of Education

GNETS Feedback Meetings Scheduled by Department of Education
An important message from GCDD's Partner, the Georgia Advocacy Office. The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) is in the preliminary stages of drafting a new state rule governing the GNETS program and services, and they want to hear from Georgia families. The DOE is hosting four regional...

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The Rhythms and Patterns of Life

In the last issue of Making a Difference, I wrote about my conflicted opinion of the reality show Born this Way and how I wasn’t sure it was a realistic portrayal of the experience of families with members who have Down syndrome, or if it was even important that the portrayals rang true. In this...

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