The mission of the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) 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.
To be most effective in our advocacy, GCDD leads on 2-3 priority areas each session, while also supporting our partner organizations in their efforts. The following 2023 Policy Agenda is based on public input, and in support of our new Five Year Strategic Plan:
GCDD 2023 Public Policy Priorities
• Increasing state funding to reduce the over 7,000 person NOW/COMP waiver wait list because Georgians with developmental disabilities and their families are not currently receiving the critical supports they need to live meaningful lives in their communities.
• Increasing direct support professional (DSP) wages to address the staffing crisis. Professionals who support Georgians with developmental disabilities need to be paid a livable wage.
• Strengthening Employment First options and ending subminimum wage practices because Georgians with developmental disabilities want real jobs for real wages.
• Enhancing Georgia's Inclusive Postsecondary Education (IPSE) programs through scholarships because, unlike their peers, students with developmental disabilities have no state-funded scholarship pathway.
GCDD Public Policy Vision: Disability in ALL Policy
GCDD promotes public policies that aim to advance the well-being of all Georgians with intellectual/developmental disabilities, their families, and all who love them, by supporting and advancing policies that create and maintain true community inclusion, such as:
+ Health & Wellness
+ State Budget
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