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Dear Governor Kemp...

Dear Governor Kemp...
In November, Georgia elected Brian Kemp as its new governor, succeeding Nathan Deal. The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities saw this as a prime advocacy opportunity to inform and educate the new governor and his incoming administration about individuals with developmental...

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Thank you, Governor Deal!

Thank you, Governor Deal!
Dear Governor Deal, We want to thank you on behalf of the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities and the thousands of Georgians with developmental disabilities and their families for your support over the last eight years. You braved the cold and rain to attend six Disability Day events...

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Georgia State University Creates an Ideal Creative College Program

Georgia State University Creates an Ideal Creative College Program
If De’onte Brown could’ve somehow seen into the future on his first day of class at Georgia State University in 2017, he would’ve been very surprised by his transformation. In what felt that day like a fast-paced new world has become a place that feeds his creativity. “Once you get used to...

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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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