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Register to become a Team Lead!

The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is seeking Team Leads for its 2020 Advocacy Days. Geared at preparing advocates to take a leadership role at GCDD’s Advocacy Days, Team Lead Volunteers will learn how to navigate the Georgia State Capitol and support attendees in speaking...

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GCDD's Telling our Stories: Believing in What is Possible

GCDD's Telling our Stories: Believing in What is Possible
by Shannon Turner, Photographer Lynsey Weatherspoon Michael Griggs is a 34-year-old man living in Jonesboro, Georgia. When Michael was three months old, he came down with a very bad cold. It led to meningitis. After three months in the hospital, Michael came home, seemingly healthy again....

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GCDD's Telling our Stories: Callie's Path

GCDD's Telling our Stories: Callie's Path
by Shannon Turner, Photographer Lynsey Weatherspoon Callie Moore, a 22-year-old woman with seizure disorder and cerebral palsy is on a new journey toward independent living. She’s learning how to be independent of her mother, Pam, and is looking at getting an apartment in nearby Athens. It’s...

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GCDD IMPACT: Project SEARCH Provides Path to Employment

GCDD IMPACT: Project SEARCH Provides Path to Employment
by H. M. Cauley While the issues facing people with developmental disabilities are many, a few key areas have the most impact on the quality of life. Five of those specific areas – education, employment, formal and informal supports, real communities and self-advocacy – comprise the cornerstone...

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EXPERT UPDATE: Change Takes Time

EXPERT UPDATE: Change Takes Time
by John B. Wells Fourteen years ago, my son, Joshua, used to work in a sheltered workshop. He was frustrated and wasn’t thriving. So, with the help of an employee at the workshop, my wife and I decided to take “Employment First” into our own hands. We advocated for him, deciding together that...

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REAL COMMUNITIES: Welcoming Community Dialogues Hosts Inaugural Summit

REAL COMMUNITIES: Welcoming Community Dialogues Hosts Inaugural Summit
Earlier this summer, when Welcoming Community Dialogues (WCD) implemented its community meetings, the key question was, “Who’s missing from the table?” This month, the WCD team will bring together communities throughout Georgia for an extensive dialogue on issues, lessons and next steps for...

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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 Summer is winding down in DC, and Congress is returning from their recess. This summer was unusually active, with a number of significant federal rules coming out that impact people with disabilities. This issue will...

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In the Workplace

In the Workplace
By Adrianne Murchison & Devika Rao Every Friday, Digital Technology Partners holds a lunch-staff meeting where each department shares positive activities that took place throughout the week and benefit the company. Among the employees who give a brief report is Hannah Hibben on how many...

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Attend one of DBHDD’s Public Forums on services for people with I/DD ...

Attend one of DBHDD’s Public Forums on services for people with I/DD ...
SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK! DBHDD's Division of Developmental Disabilities is hosting a series of five public forums to collect feedback from families on services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the DBHDD Division Director, Mr....

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