GCDD Storytelling Project
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) Storytelling Project’s goal is to collect 75 stories representing the experience of individuals living with a developmental disability in Georgia. These stories, accompanied by 6-12 representative photographs, will include at least one individual who resides in each of Georgia’s 56 State Senate Districts. These stories will be instrumental in the efforts of GCDD to advocate for Georgians living with disabilities. This is where you come in.
We are seeking Georgians with developmental disabilities (DD) to take part in this project. Parents and caregivers are welcome to participate along with the individual with developmental disabilities. Participation includes completing an interview with the story collector, and having your photo taken by a photographer. The interview and photography session should last 2-3 hours. The story collector will use the interview to write your story, and the photographer will select and edit 6-12 photos that represent you and your story. GCDD may share these stories and photos with the media, elected officials, and other stakeholders. The goal of the project is to amplify the voices and stories of people with developmental disabilities in Georgia. We are also able to provide information on advocacy, and offer a Storytelling for Advocacy workshop both in-person and online this fall.
We have had such a great response to the Storytelling project that we have filled the need for participants in many districts. If your district is not listed below we appreciate your interest in the project, but are no longer in need of participants from your area. Please contact our Storytelling team if you live in one of the following districts:
Senate District 1 - Hinesville - Bryan, Chatham, Liberty Counties
Senate District 2 - Savannah - Chatham
Senate District 5 - Lawrenceville, Norcross - Gwinnett County
Senate District 19 - Jesup, Vidalia, McRea - Toombs, Treutlen, Montgomery, Wheeler, Telfair, Tatnall, Jeff Davis, Appling, Wayne, and Long
Senate District 25 - Walnut Grove, Social Circle, Rutledge, Madison, Milledgeville
Senate district 30 - Villa Rica, Carrolton, most of Carrol, western half of Douglas
Senate District 33 - Marietta, Powder Springs - Cobb County
Senate District 35 - Douglasville, Union City (NE half of Douglas and part of S Fulton)
Senate District 36 - Downtown ATL, East Point, College Park - Fulton County
Senate District 38 - West of ATL, Rockdale, Magnolia, Carey Park, Boulder Park (West side of the city and southern point in Cobb)
Senate District 39 - Buckhead, Vine City, Cascade Heights, East Point
If you are interested in participating and you live in one of the areas listed above, we will schedule the interview for a time and location that is convenient for you. We will provide you a digital file with your final stories and photographs. We can’t offer compensation for participating, but we can offer assistance like translation.
Have questions? Think you or someone you know might be eligible? Please contact us at or 470-344-6073. We would love to hear from you!
About the Storytelling Team
- L'Arche Atlanta - Lead Grantee and Service Provider for People with ID
- Resurgens Impact Consulting - Project Management and Coordination
- StoryMuse - Story Collector
- Lynsey Weatherspoon and Haylee Anne - Photographers
- Beate Sass - Content Consultant