Take Your Legislator to Work Day a Success!
Georgia’s Take Your Legislator To Work Day (TYLTWD) kicked off in October 2015 to commemorate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The efforts of TYLTWD started with the Employment First Georgia Coalition, a group of 300-strong advocates including people with disabilities, family members, service providers and advocates who believe that all people with disabilities have the ability to work and that Georgia needs an Employment First policy.
The goal of Take Your Legislator to Work Day is to ask employees with disabilities to invite their legislators to visit their workplace to demonstrate first-hand the power of community-integrated employment for people with disabilities by showcasing their skills and talents in a work environment.
And the legislative response has been overwhelmingly positive. Listed below are the scheduled or completed visits of legislators and their constituents with disabilities who have been visited at work. The list will be updated as we receive more information.
Take Your Legislator to Work Day Visits
- Chad Roberts visited by Rep. Scot Turner at Sweetwater Growers in Canton.
- Jordan Huffman visited by Rep. Mike Dudgeon and Senator Michael Williams at Roseati’s Pizza in Cumming.
- Bob McGarry visited by Rep. Bill Werkheiser at Living Independence for Everyone, Inc. in Savannah.
- Brian Mosley, Sarah Parker and Willie Jones visited by Senator Harold Jones and Rep. Wayne Howard at Walton Options in Augusta.
- Jazzmine Smith visited by Rep. Mickey Stephens at Memorial Hospital in Savannah.
- Lindsey Kussow visited by Georgia House Majority Leader Jon Burns at Edwards Interiors Aerospace in Springfield.
- Billy Behrens visited by Rep. Bill Hitchens at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation in Savannah.
- BJ Clark visited by Rep. Bob Bryant at Chatham County Courthouse in Savannah.
- Myles Johnson visited by Senator Michael Williams at Chick-Fil-A in Suwanee.
- Mia Nobbie visited by Senator Bill Cowsert at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens.
- Project SEARCH Hall County interns visited by Senator Butch Miller, Senator John Wilkinson, Rep. Emory Dunahoo and Rep. Lee Hawkins at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
- David Stockstill visited by Rep. Darlene Taylor at Olson Architects in Thomasville.
- Christie Entrekin visited by Senator Jeff Mullis at Christie’s Creations in Trion.
- Quron Dixon visited by Senator Donzella James at Café Aquaria in Atlanta.
- Janeanne Napoli visited by Senator Frank Ginn at University of Georgia Law Library in Athens.
- David Gwynn visited by Rep. Joe Wilkinson at Atlanta Neurology in Atlanta.
- Adrienne O’Prey visited by Rep. Michael Caldwell at Resurgens in Kennesaw.
- Robbie Huff visited by Rep. Ronnie Mabra at disAbility Link in Tucker.
- Brett Wable visited by Rep. Bruce Broadrick at Shaw Industries in Dalton.
- James Jordan visited by Rep. Scott Holcomb at Krispy Kreme in Doraville.
- Garrett Chason discussed his career with Rep. Amy Carter, Rep. Darlene Taylor and Senator Dean Burke in Thomasville.
- Christopher Varnerin visited by Rep. Pedro Marin at TGI Friday's in Buford.
- Corbett Dishman visited by Rep. John Yates at Partners II Pizza in Fayetteville.
- Anthony Emerson visited by Rep. Christian Coomer at Euharlee Elementary in Kingston.
- Mike Melton visited by Rep. Beth Beskin at disABILITY Link in Tucker.
- Bobby Chapman visited by Senator P. K. Martin at Kroger’s in Lawrenceville.
At press time, the following individuals are scheduling their visits to take their legislators to work
- Liz Persaud of Georgia Tech in Atlanta
- Xantha Burghardt of Tow ATL in Buckhead
- Minna Hong of the Shepherd Center in Atlanta
- Alicia Hardy of Hardee’s in Dalton
- Chester Grant and Eric Foster of Thomaston-Upson County Board of Education
- Christopher Bivins, self-employed, of Moultrie
- Project SEARCH Bartow County interns at Cartersville Medical Center
- Viola Wilson of Walton Options in Augusta
- Jessica Luna of Mulberry Elementary in Auburn
- Katrina Parsons and Carl Teem of disAbility Link in Tucker.
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