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REAL COMMUNITIES: Youth Camp Encourages Peacebuilding

REAL COMMUNITIES: Youth Camp Encourages Peacebuilding
About two and a half hours south of Atlanta, the Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm (Peacebuilders) is nestled in Americus, GA. A unique overnight summer camp, Peacebuilders invites youth ages 11-14 to spend a week together learning how to work towards peace and justice. Campers enjoy farm...

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MIA'S SPACE: 14 Years of Lessons

MIA'S SPACE: 14 Years of Lessons
by Pat Nobbie, PhD Making a Difference is taking a new direction, so this is our last Mia's Space. Two thousand words a year, for 14 years, have managed to capture our experience as a family living, learning, laughing and occasionally crying with Mia pretty well. So many positive changes in...

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STRAIGHT TALK: Achievable Goals

STRAIGHT TALK: Achievable Goals
by Christine Clark My son, Jack Clark, had a big transition this year as he started middle school. My husband and I saw it as the perfect opportunity to teach him how to advocate for himself. We started this summer by fighting against Medicaid cuts proposed by the US Congress. Jack will proudly...

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What's Happening in Washington?: Federal Disability Policy Updates

What's Happening in Washington?: Federal Disability Policy Updates
by Alison Barkoff, Director of Advocacy, Center for Public Representation I am excited to be starting a new column for Making a Difference titled What's Happening in Washington? to provide insight on the many federal policies that impact the lives of people with disabilities. This includes...

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AROUND THE STATE: New Gerber Baby from Dalton

AROUND THE STATE: New Gerber Baby from Dalton
One of Dalton, Georgia’s youngest residents, Lucas Warren, was announced as Gerber’s newest spokesbaby earlier this year. And the announcement from the baby food company has catapulted Lucas and his family into a brand new life. State Senator Chuck Payne (R-Dalton) presented a Georgia Senate...

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GCDD IMPACT: Am I Gonna Be Stuck With You?

GCDD IMPACT: Am I Gonna Be Stuck With You?
Fridays are Robin Wilson's favorite days. She gets to work at FurKids, the largest cage-free, no-kill shelter in the Southeast for rescued cats and dogs. Robin walks dogs, does laundry used in the care of the rescued animals, and prepares kits that are sent home with every new adoption. Her...

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Camps Rise to the Occasion with Inclusive Summer Programs

Camps Rise to the Occasion with Inclusive Summer Programs
by Adrianne Murchison Lifelong memories are created at summer camp. The mix of self-discovery and recreational experiences bring the kind of joy to children’s faces that every parent wants to see. For Leanne and Anthony Abraham, it was delight in seeing their son Amiri ride a horse at the...

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It's Election Season! The Disability Vote Counts

It's Election Season! The Disability Vote Counts
By Devika Rao It's election season again! In November, millions of Americans will head to the polls to vote in the 2018 Midterm Elections taking place on November 6, 2018. Midterm elections are held between presidential elections, and this year, all 435 seats in the United States House of...

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