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Register NOW for Advocacy Days!

Register NOW for Advocacy Days!
Join GCDD at the Capitol this legislative session to learn about policies affecting people with disabilities and join advocates from across the state in speaking with elected officials about these very important issues. We need your help to educate Georgia’s lawmakers about topics important to...

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Submit Your Request for Georgia's New Governor!

Advocates, the 2019 Legislative season is upon us and in January, we will be welcoming a new Governor. Making a Difference magazine wants your voice! Provide 2-3 sentences to share with Governor-Elect Brian Kemp on what issues you hope his administration will focus on in this term to support...

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REAL COMMUNITIES: Real Communities Retreat Focuses on Shifts in Community

REAL COMMUNITIES: Real Communities Retreat Focuses on Shifts in Community
Approximately 25 people gathered at Amicalola State Falls Park from Sept. 26-28 to learn, gather and share about their work in the communities at the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities’ Real Communities Retreat. The retreat brought together Real Communities partners from Clarkston,...

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EXPERT UPDATE: Voting -- A Fundamental Right

EXPERT UPDATE: Voting -- A Fundamental Right
by Ilias N. Savakis The fundamental right to vote is granted to all US citizens under the US Constitution. Justin Dart, considered by many to be the “father” of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), once said, “Vote as if your life depends on it – because it does.” What does this mean? The...

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GCDD IMPACT: The Fam Squad

GCDD IMPACT: The Fam Squad
Sometimes, when you go to college, you get lucky enough to find a new set of friends, people who will almost certainly be your friends for the rest of your life. That is definitely true of “The Fam Squad.” They hit it off the first week they met. Now, they hang out when they’re not in class,...

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What's Happening in Washington?: Federal Disability Policy Updates

What's Happening in Washington?: Federal Disability Policy Updates
by Alison Barkoff, Director of Advocacy, Center for Public Representation August is usually quiet, with members of Congress on recess to their home districts and a slow pace in Washington. Not this year! Summer has been filled with the Senate and disability advocates, working on the nomination...

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Transforming Employment for People with Disabilities

Transforming Employment for People with Disabilities
by Jennifer Bosk There’s a sea change coming in the lives of people with disabilities and its focus is employment training, work inclusion and financial stability. It’s already happening in Georgia, and the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is spreading the word as fast as...

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Register Now for GCDD's Take Your Legislator To Work Day

Register Now for GCDD's Take Your Legislator To Work Day
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....

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