Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) hosts 2018 Candidate Forum on Disability Issues in Atlanta on October 11
Candidates for Insurance Commissioner, School Superintendent and Secretary of State to Discuss Disability Issues at Free, Public Event
September 17, 2018 (Atlanta, GA) – To further its mission to advocate for people with disabilities and their families, the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) hosts its 2018 GCDD Candidate Forum on Disability Issues on October 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will take place at the James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Building, Floyd Room, West Tower, at 200 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30334, and doors will open at 5 p.m. GCDD invites the public to register online to attend the free event by October 5. Space is limited, and registration is required.
Forum participants include candidates for the offices of Insurance Commissioner, School Superintendent and Secretary of State. Each of these offices oversees key aspects that affect the lives of Georgians with disabilities.
These key issues include:
• Access to affordable healthcare
• Coverage for people with multiple diagnoses
• Medicaid expansion
• Inclusive K-12 classrooms
• The school-to-prison pipeline crisis
• Transitional support of inclusive post-secondary education programs
Secretary of State
• Accessible polling centers
• Concise and easy-to-understand language on ballots
• Easy-to-follow absentee ballot eligibility requirements and process
• Other challenges that 1.3 million Georgians with disabilities face
when trying to have their voices heard in the election process
Qualified, invited candidates include:
• Janice Laws (D) – confirmed
• Jim Beck (R)
• Donnie Foster (I)
• Otha Thornton (D) – confirmed
• Richard Woods (R) – confirmed
• Sonia Francis-Rolle (Write-in) – confirmed
Secretary of State
• John Barrow (D)
• Brad Raffensperger (R) – confirmed
• Smythe Duval (I) – confirmed
“The candidates we have invited are running for offices that have under their purview myriad issues important to our community,” said GCDD Executive Director Eric Jacobson. “Affordable health care, educational opportunities and voting access continue to present challenges for Georgians with disabilities, and we look forward to hearing how these candidates will work to overcome them.”
Guests mustthe event and may . Free parking is available adjacent to the , and the building is also accessible by MARTA. The Georgia Advocacy Office will present sample ballot and voting booth demonstrations for attendees, and complimentary, heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served.
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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. www.gcdd.org