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(September 29, 2022, Atlanta, Ga.) – The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) and partners, including, Advancing Employment, The Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD), and the Institute on Human Development and Disability,  celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) with a series of webinars each week during the month of October in Georgia to promote and help advance employment among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Georgia.

The monthly webinar series kicks-off Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. Each week NDEAM presents a new webinar theme that focuses on the disability community and ways for them to advance in the workforce.:

Week 1:  October 4th at 2:00 p.m. - Disability and Economics: Different Reasons for Hiring
Week 2:  October 11th at 2:00 p.m. - Employer/Employees Success Stories webinar
Week 3:  October 18th at 3:00 p.m. - State As Model Employer
Week 4:  October 25 at 2:00 p.m. - Innovation in Employment: Supports and Policies

"Georgia has a vibrant and diverse economy, one of the best in the nation. It's time to make certain the workforce is equally represented, and disability is an important part of our communities,” said Doug Crandell, Public Service Faculty at the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia. “This year's NDEAM theme focused on diversity, equality and inclusion provides a path forward to include workers with disabilities as valuable employees."

The NDEAM capstone event will be held October 27th at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga. To register or for more information about the webinars, click here.

Advancing Employment is Advancing Employment is managed by the Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD) at the University of Georgia. Since 1965, IHDD has been a Georgia University Center for Excellence in Disability Research, Education and Service (UCEDD), and ranks as one of UGA’s oldest continuously funded federal programs. The IHDD works with people who have disabilities and others, to ensure that all people can achieve their highest capacity and quality of life. Visit Advancing Employment’s website for more information and resources.

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 the wide spectrum of diverse people/persons with developmental disabilities and their families to live, learn, work, play, and worship in their communities.