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GCDD Awards Grants to Four Local Organizations to Support People with Disabilities

November 13, 2017 (Atlanta, GA) – The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) has awarded four new grants to support work that promotes and improves opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families and builds a more inclusive Georgia.

Selected organizations and their funded project areas are:

  • Georgians for a Healthy Future – Public Health Medicaid Advocacy
  • Friends of L’Arche Atlanta – Story Collection
  • Sangha Unity Network – Expanding Self-Advocacy
  • Georgia Advocacy Office – Supported Decision-Making

The grants will help achieve the goals of GCDD’s Five Year Plan, which is centered around five specific areas: education, employment, formal and informal supports, Real Communities and self-advocacy. Additionally, the Five Year Plan ensures that the disability community is more independent, has greater economic self-sufficiency, is integrated and included in their respective communities, and allows for self-determination.

“We are delighted to award these organizations to help improve the lives of people with disabilities across Georgia,” said GCDD Executive Director Eric Jacobson. “We look forward to seeing the collaborative effort of these organizations towards meeting the goals of GCDD’s Five Year Plan.”

For more information about GCDD’s Five Year Plan, visit

About the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities: The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is the State's leader in advancing public policy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Its mission is to bring about social and policy changes that promote opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities and their families to live, learn, work, play and worship in Georgia communities.



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