The "In the News" section is a collection of GCDD earned media coverage: this section includes articles featuring our annual Advocacy Days (held each February), local media roundtables and public forums (held bi-annually in Georgia communities) and stories related to the broader work of Real Communities, through partnerships between GCDD and various companies, organizations, groups and individuals.

Media Relations: If you are a member of the media and would like additional information or have an interview request, please contact:

Valerie Meadows Suber
Public Information Director


GCDD Presents Real People Close-Up The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) presents Real People Close-Up, an occasional series of stories from people with developmental disabilities and their families.

GCDD Real People Close-Up is a collaboration with the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, StoryCorps and the Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS).

This is an ongoing series, and we would love to hear your comments.

GCDD promotes storytelling as a way of learning, supporting, sharing and building community. To submit your story as a Real People Close-Up, email GCDD Public Information Director, Valerie Meadows Suber at ; Subject line: Real People. Include your email, phone and mailing address, your name and name of story principals and a story synopsis of no more than 100 words. Selected story participants will be asked to schedule their own StoryCorp recording session, submit a copy of the StoryCorp CD recording to GCDD and sign a release form granting permission to production rights to GCDD.

The interviews are recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit dedicated to recording and collecting stories of everyday people. Visit or call toll free at 1-800-850-4406.

The audio production is done by Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS), whose mission is to improve the quality of life for every Georgian who is blind, visually-impaired or has difficulty with access to the printed word by broadcasting current information via sub channel radio transmission and streamlining on the internet. Visit or call toll free at 1-800-672-6173

Explore Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities' (GCDD) webside for its quarterly magazine, Making a Difference, that focuses on developmental disabilities!

GCDD uses Making a Difference to advocate and educate about critical issues affecting people with developmental disabilities and to promote activities and create opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to exercise their right to live, learn, work, play and worship in Georgia communities. 

The interactive website features easy navigation with articles of interest by topic; and a dedicated page for the current issue that displays all the great articles, podcasts, videos and more.

And, with accessibility always at top of mind, the website is designed to be accessible to all who use assistive technology. The magazine is available in PDF and accesseble audio. Articles are written in both English and Spanish.

Making a Difference Magazine logoExperience the magazine in many ways! 

Read. The articles that tell the story of the people we serve are there for your reading pleasure. All the articles are available under the Current Issue tab on the website. 

En Español: Marcando la Diferencia está disponible en español. Lea los artículos en nuestro sitio web.

Listen. With our commitment to accessibility, each article has its own audio track for you to follow along with the story. Accessible audio is available on the sidebar of each article, and the entire playlist is on Spotify. And our PinPoint podcast is also included and can be found on SpotifyApple, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Watch. The magazine features video stories that allow you to meet the people behind the story.

Subscribe. Sign up to receive Making a Difference magazine digitally by clicking the link below and see past issues in the archived magazines at the bottom of this page.and

Sign up to receive our Making a Difference Magazine

We hope you enjoy reading Making a Difference and welcome your comments and suggestions in writing by email with the subject line "Letter-to-the-Editor" to .

About the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities: The mission of GCDD is to advance social change, public policy and innovative practices that increase opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to thrive where they live, learn, work, play and worship in Georgia’s communities.

The press release section includes official GCDD news and announcements about issues and events pertaining to people with developmental disabilities and their families in Georgia.

Media Relations: If you are a member of the media and would like additional information or have an interview request, please contact:

Tianna Faulkner
Media Relations Director



Public Policy for the People eNewsletter
Check Out GCDD's public policy newsletter, "Public Policy for the People!!"

Public Policy for the People is the public policy newsletter published by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD). This electronic-only newsletter goes out approximately every other week during the legislative session. Our hope is that this newsletter will provide you, the concerned citizens of Georgia, with valuable information that will empower you to become involved in our advocacy to make Georgia a better place for people with disabilities!

For past editions of the newsletter, click on Archived Public Policy for the People.

GCDD E-Newsletter

Welcome to GCDD E-News! We at the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) created this digital e-newsletter to reach out to self-advocates, community leaders, parents and other stakeholders to keep them informed about all of the things happening around Georgia for the disability community.

Click here to sign up to have the newsletter emailed directly to you. Share your thoughts, story ideas and calendar submissions with us at