The UNLOCK! campaign advocates with Georgians with disabilities so we and our families can live full lives and contribute to Georgia communities and the Georgia economy. We believe Georgia must rebalance its system of long-term services and supports, so that fewer dollars are spent on institutional care and more dollars are invested into Home and Community Based supports.

UNLOCK! Principles

Individuals with disabilities should have the opportunity to live full, self-determined lives.

This means we want the chance:
  • in regular workplaces – not in settings with only other workers with disabilities
  • earning the same wages as people without disabilities
  • with access to supported or customized employment services
  • in apartments or houses in a community that we’ve chosen
  • with the opportunity to live in communities that are inclusive of residents with and without disabilities
  • with the opportunity for ownership or control of the lease
  • alone or with others that we’ve chosen
  • where we decide who visits and when
  • without the threat of losing that home if we don’t comply with a treatment plan
  • who understand and appreciate our gifts and contributions
  • with access to an array of educational and leisure pursuits
  • able to go to a full range of locations and activities that we’ve chosen
  • with adequate information so that we make informed choices from an array of meaningful options
  • with a schedule of daily activities based on our personal priorities, interests, and contributions
  • choosing when and what to eat, and how to spend our time
  • choosing where to live, who to marry, how to vote, and exercising all other legal rights as an adult
  • making own decisions regarding medical treatment
  • receiving assistance through Supported Decision Making –desired support and advice from family and friends – rather than having others make our decisions through guardianship because over-reliance on formal systems of substituted decision-making like guardianship can hinder or prevent inclusion, self- determination and community integration

UNLOCK! Coalition 2018 Legislative Priorities

The NOW/COMP waiver has the longest Medicaid waiver list in Georgia of 8,658 individuals (as of 10/1/17).

FY 19 Budget Ask: Fund at least 600 new waivers for a state impact of $15 million.

Coalition Agency Sponsor: Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) – Website: gcdd.org

Expanding competitive, integrated employment opportunities for Georgians with disabilities.

Support House Bill 831 Georgia's Employment First Act, Sponsored by Representative Terry Rogers

Coalition Agency Sponsor: Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) – Website: gvs.georgia.gov

FY 19 Budget Ask: Fund $4.8 million in supported employment services within DBHDD's Budget for Georgians with developmental disabilities to go to work.

Coalition Agency Sponsor: Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) – Website: gcdd.org

Creating a comprehensive abuser registry in Georgia. At least 19 other states have registries, including Tennessee for over 20 years.

Support Senate Bill 406 Georgia Long-term Care Background Check Program, Sponsored by Senator Brian Strickland

Coalition Agency Sponsor: Georgia Council on Aging – Website: gcoa.org

Individuals with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by the high cost of housing.

FY 19 Budget Ask: Fund an additional $200 per SSI recipient to close the gap between current SSI income and cost of living.

Coalition Agency Sponsor: Service Providers Association for Developmental Disabilities (SPADD) – Website: spadd.org