GCDD Blog

Forming Friendships

Forming Friendships
by Adrianne Murchison Deborah Hibben had a task at the start of every school year when her daughter Hannah was growing up. She had a conversation with teachers to share what Hannah, who is diagnosed with Down syndrome, responds to, as well as her personality and needs. I would give teachers a...

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Back to School

Back to School
By Adrianne Murchison Anticipation and butterflies around the first day of school are not exclusive to students. Parents can be anxious about how the day will unfold, as well. Before the first day back, parents of children with developmental disabilities have already been tenacious researchers...

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GCDD is hiring!

The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is hiring a transition specialist to work on the inclusive post-secondary education program! Read the brief overview below, and follow the link for more details and how to apply. Transition Specialist - Job Number: ADM05GZ Job Posting: Jul 3,...

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GCDD Announces New NoFA/RFP for Advocacy Days Event Planner

Advocacy Days Event Planner The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is requesting proposals from individuals or organizations to plan and manage logistics for our advocacy events, known as Advocacy Days.Applications for this grant will be accepted from July 16 through August 20, 2018....

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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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