GCDD Blog

URGENT: Health Care Attack in Tax Bill is on the FAST TRACK

URGENT: Health Care Attack in Tax Bill is on the FAST TRACK
The assault on people with disabilities and their families is continuing, this time through a tax bill instead of through a health bill. There has been very little coverage of this and it is really an all hands on deck alert that the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) coalition has...

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PERSPECTIVES: A Place of Belonging

PERSPECTIVES: A Place of Belonging
By Laura Sugg We became a part of Centenary United Methodist Church (Centenary) because of their acceptance of all, but also the acceptance and welcoming of my child and brother, who both have disabilities. What made me want to be a part of this church was their inclusion of all backgrounds,...

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PERSPECTIVES: The Path of Spiritual Advocacy

PERSPECTIVES: The Path of Spiritual Advocacy
By Teresa Heard The church has always been a haven for my husband and me since we were children. It has been a place where I felt I was a part of something spiritually and socially. My mother was an advocate to find me a spiritual home. So, now as a parent, this was a journey I never thought...

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Real Communities Spotlight: Al-Tamyoz Community Building Group

Real Communities Spotlight: Al-Tamyoz Community Building Group
Using the power of networking and relationship building to explore the development of community projects, the Exceptional Community Building Group (Al-Tamyoz) looks to build an inclusive community in the greater Clarkston area. As a Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) Real...

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STRAIGHT TALK: Medicaid Matters

STRAIGHT TALK: Medicaid Matters
By Parker Glick “Medicaid Matters!” “Would you rather go to jail, than die in a nursing home?” “No Cuts! No Caps!” These statements were just some of the many chants that were commonly used to encourage legislators and their respective voters to not repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this...

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Emergency Planning Design

Emergency Planning Design
by Laura George The most important thing that a person can do for an impending disaster is to become informed on how they will live, survive and move forward after the event. When discussing Emergency Preparedness, it is best to consider it Emergency Planning Design because the topic includes...

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EVENT: Building Blocks to Financial Empowerment Session in Valdosta

Join us for an incredibly informative session on economic empowerment of people with disabilities. Learn about: The Money Smart program from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Accounts, tax advantaged savings and investment accounts...

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MIA'S SPACE: Wake-up Call

MIA'S SPACE: Wake-up Call
By Pat Nobbie, PhD, Mia’s mom We got an employment wake-up call this month. It came with the angst that anyone’s reality adjustment might come with, plus some. I have written before about Mia’s snack adventures, and how she figured out how to use her hospital personnel badge in the cafeteria...

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Saving Georgia’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

Saving Georgia’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
By Adina Solomon For more than four decades, the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) has advocated for people with developmental disabilities and acted as a liaison between them and state leaders. Today, the Council is made up of a 24-member board appointed by Governor Nathan...

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APSE Focuses on Integrated Competitive Employment Climate

APSE Focuses on Integrated Competitive Employment Climate
by RJ Moshay Changes are on the horizon in Employment First, and the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) stands ready to help navigate these uncharted waters at its upcoming two-day regional institute in Atlanta, November 2-3, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown. For...

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