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Statewide Developmental Disabilities Council Seeks Public Input on Five Year Plan

August 12, 2020 (Georgia) - The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is seeking input from individuals with intellectual and/or other developmental disabilities (I/DD), family members, caregivers and the community-at-large to develop its new Five Year Strategic Plan for work to occur between 2022-2026. GCDD will host three virtual townhall events, publish a web-based survey and recruit participants for six virtual focus groups.

GCDD will host the Virtual Townhalls on:

  • August 13: 2 - 3:30 PM - Race, Equity, and Intersectionality
  • August 18: 3 - 4:30 PM - General Discussion
  • August 27: 6 - 7:30 PM - General Discussion

Along with the townhalls, GCDD released a comprehensive survey - in both English and Spanish - to define community needs and expectations regarding the Council’s policy, funding priorities and associated activities. Survey responses will be compiled by GCDD and help in creating its next Five Year Strategic Plan.

The plan determines how the Council will allocate funding to create systems change for Georgians with I/DD, their families and the community through advocacy and capacity-building activities.

GCDD Executive Director Eric Jacobson adds, “The Five Year Strategic Plan is the foundation of how the Council does its work across the state. We need to hear from individuals with disabilities, family members, caregivers, siblings and the community-at-large about what issues are important to them. This feedback will set the course of what the Council has to work on for the next five years.”

The deadline to complete the survey is 11:59 PM, September 4, 2020.

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.