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PERSPECTIVES: Profound Impact of Supported Employment

PERSPECTIVES: Profound Impact of Supported Employment
By Blake Hall When I was made aware of Take Your Legislator to Work Day (TYLTWD), Matthew Roush was the first person that came to my mind. I first thought of Matt because it was he who first helped me to understand what supported employment is supposed to look like in an integrated and...

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PERSPECTIVES: Take Advantage of Opportunities

PERSPECTIVES: Take Advantage of Opportunities
By Beth Beskin I decided to participate in Take Your Legislator To Work Day because Katrina [Parsons] reached out to me. My decision to attend was based on the fact that not only was I invited, but I was going to meet a constituent of mine who was working at disABILITY LINK. As legislators, we...

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MIA'S SPACE: Focus on the Truth

MIA'S SPACE: Focus on the Truth
By Pat Nobbie, PhD, Mia’s mom Every once in a while, universes converge – in a short span of time, the same message emerges from multiple sources and this is both unsettling and confirming. In October, I was in Athens for Mia’s birthday, and it was magical. She met the UGA football team and...

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Expert Update: Creating the Gold Standard of Disability Hiring

Expert Update: Creating the Gold Standard of Disability Hiring
This is an excerpt from Randy Lewis’ talk at the Impact Business Speaker Series at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. My son, Austin, has autism. He didn’t speak until he was age 10. He’s trying to make up for lost time if you ever get a chance to talk to him. He was the first student...

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STRAIGHT TALK: Carving a Path to Success

STRAIGHT TALK: Carving a Path to Success
By Amara Hazzard My name is Amara Maria Hazzard, and I am a second year student at the EXCEL program at Georgia Tech. EXCEL is a certificate program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I grew up in Georgia and attended a mostly segregated school, and I took most of...

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Real Communities Spotlight: ConnectAbility

Real Communities Spotlight: ConnectAbility
In Dahlonega, a town of just over 5,000 people, seeing the same faces every day is common. For ConnectAbility, it’s not just about seeing those faces, but also getting to know who they are. As a new Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) Real Communities partner, ConnectAbility...

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Employees with Disabilities Take Legislators to Work

Employees with Disabilities Take Legislators to Work
By Jennifer Bosk The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) has made integrated employment of individuals with disabilities a top goal in its Five Year Plan. That’s why State Representative Sheila Jones (D-District 53) saw first-hand how Matthew Roush, an operations analyst at...

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