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The Disability Vote Counts 2020 – It’s Election Season!

The Disability Vote Counts 2020 – It’s Election Season!
It’s election season again! In November, millions of Americans will head to the polls to vote in the 2020 Presidential and General Election taking place on November 3. Like all elections this year’s is important, and it is even more important for people with disabilities to head to the polls to...

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PUBLIC POLICY FOR THE PEOPLE: 2020 Legislative Session Recap

PUBLIC POLICY FOR THE PEOPLE: 2020 Legislative Session Recap
by Charlie Miller, GCDD Legislative Advocacy Director This has been one of the most interesting legislative sessions we have seen in modern times. Between Governor Brian Kemp’s first installment of recommended budget cuts and the threat of COVID-19, the Georgia Council on Developmental...

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EXPERT UPDATE - The Direct Support Professional Workforce Crisis

EXPERT UPDATE - The Direct Support Professional Workforce Crisis
by Carol Britton Laws, PhD, MSW, FAAIDD One of the most concerning issues affecting people with developmental disabilities, their families and communities right now is the state of the direct support professional (DSP) workforce, commonly called “the DSP crisis.” The Georgia Council on...

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Our Happy Place

Our Happy Place
by Shannon Turner, Photographer Haylee Fucini-Lenkey Once or twice a week in the summer, Jack Clark’s family loads up a couple of bags with ice water, pretzels and watermelon and heads down to the Little River Marine Center to hop on a boat rental and reconnect with their inner happy place on...

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What's Happening in Washington?

What's Happening in Washington?
Federal Disability Policy Updates by Alison Barkoff and Erin Shea, Center for Public Representation COVID-19 Response: Congressional Response: Congress has already passed three bills in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The first was an emergency funding bill. The second bill, Families First...

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GCDD Hosts Record-Breaking Advocacy Days

GCDD Hosts Record-Breaking Advocacy Days
Over 650 disability advocates registered to attend the 2020 GCDD Advocacy Days at the Georgia State Capitol – making it the biggest series the DD Council has hosted since inception of the initiative. Hosted by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) in January, February and...

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