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February 15, 2024 (Atlanta, GA) - The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) kicked off its Council membership campaign early February to fill open positions on its Council. The purpose of the campaign is to identify individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families who can bring their own voice and the voice of Georgia’s disability community to advocate for and decide upon projects, policy and programs that directly impact the I/DD community across Georgia.

Since its inception in 1971, the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD), formerly known as the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, has been a powerful advocate for more than 1.7 million Georgians with I/DD and their families. GCDD’s success is driven by the 27-member, Governor-appointed Council and the statewide I/DD community that have been integral in driving projects, partnerships, and policy for Georgia’s DD community. 

GCDD is one of 55 entities of its type in the United States and territories that report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Community Living. It is authorized under Public Law 106-402, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act Amendments of 2000. The Council is made up of at least 60 percent individuals with I/DD and family members. Other members include policymakers who represent various agencies and organizations having a vested interest in persons with I/DD. 

Applicants should have first-hand knowledge about I/DD in Georgia as well as experience in serving on committees, boards or organizations and should fit into one or more of the following categories: 

  1. Individual with a developmental disability
  2. Family member of an individual with a developmental disability
  3. Representative of an agency/organization related to developmental disabilities. 

The responsibilities of a GCDD Council member include attending four quarterly meetings, held virtually or in-person, as well as attending various GCDD events throughout the year.  The deadline to apply is March 15, 2024. Information on how to apply can be found in the link below: 

GCDD Opens Applications to Recruit New Council Members - Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

For questions on how to apply to GCDD’s Council or to complete a Council membership application, email 

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.