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PUBLIC POLICY FOR THE PEOPLE: Official 2020 Legislative Recap

PUBLIC POLICY FOR THE PEOPLE: Official 2020 Legislative Recap
Welcome to our official 2020 legislative recap. This session can only be described as a roller coaster, with plenty of highs and lows. For starters, no one could have predicted we would not have a recap for you all until July! Although our state session typically ends in April, it did not end...

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AROUND THE STATE - Congratulations, Graduates! 

AROUND THE STATE - Congratulations, Graduates! 
It’s graduation season! Across the state, young people graduated from high school and college throughout Georgia earlier this spring and last fall. Making a Difference magazine wanted to celebrate this milestone of the graduates across the nine inclusive post-secondary education (IPSE) programs...

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ADA 30: Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act

GCDD Legislative Advocacy Director Charlie Miller interviewed Mark Johnson, renowned disability advocate and former director of advocacy at the Shepherd Center, on what it was like to advocate for the Americans with Disabilities Act, what the future holds and his advice for young...

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Parents and Students, Share Your Story!

Parents and Students, Share Your Story!
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) would like to share stories of parent and students who are going through the IEP process or/and transitioning into the workplace or college. If you would like to be included in GCDD's magazine, Making A Difference, please complete this...

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More Money = More Services: Say YES to a Tobacco Tax Increase!

More Money = More Services: Say YES to a Tobacco Tax Increase!
June 23, 2020 • 10 AM - 2 PM • CALL-IN Did you know that Georgia's tobacco tax is one of the lowest in the country? Georgia can raise $400 million simply by bringing our tobacco tax up to at least $1.00, which is still below the national average. During this time of harsh budget cuts, we need...

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Tell Your Legislator to #IncludeCollege!

Tell Your Legislator to #IncludeCollege!
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is bringing back its #IncludeCollege campaign to raise awareness for the budget to the IPSE (inclusive post-secondary education programs) or college programs for students with intellectual disabilities. GCDD wants to bring attention to the...

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GCDD Response to Proposed DBHDD Budget Cuts

GCDD Response to Proposed DBHDD Budget Cuts
June 10, 2020 The Honorable Renee Unterman Chair,Senate Human Development and Public Health Appropriations SubcommitteeState Capitol, Room 121-GAtlanta, GA 30334 The Honorable Katie Dempsey Chair,House Human Resources Appropriations SubcommitteeState Capitol, Room 245Atlanta, GA 30334 Dear...

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#CutsCauseCrisis Call-In Day

#CutsCauseCrisis Call-In Day
HAVE YOUR SAY. BE HEARD. MAKE A DIFFERENCE. June 10, 2020 • 10 AM - 2 PM • CALL-IN The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) made public their plans to cut 14%* of their budget (approximately $172.3 million) as recommended by the Governor. DBHDD plans to cut...

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