More Opportunities Means Success

On a bright, sunny February 20, 2,500 people from across the State gathered at the Georgia State Capitol to celebrate Disability Day. It was by far one of the largest and best events, and thank you to all who came. It is you who make it so successful. The question is what can we learn from...

Real Communities: Core Gifts Workshop with ConnectAbility

Fifteen people from all walks of life attended a Core Gifts Workshop conducted by Bruce Anderson and hosted by ConnectAbility on February 15 in Dahlonega. High school students, parents of children with disabilities, and local business owners attended the Core Gifts Workshop to deepen the...

Disability Day 2014: Thousands Gather to Advocate for Meaningful Living

By Devika Rao On February 20, 2014, in front of nearly 2,500 people, Governor Nathan Deal stood proudly on the Georgia State Capitol steps to announce that the day would be officially proclaimed, "Disability Awareness Day." The Governor's proclamation was presented to the Georgia Council on...

Real Communities: Decatur Community Conversation

The Frazer Center, located in Atlanta, has spent its lifelong mission providing research-based education, vocational support and therapeutic intervention to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. As many youth with developmental disabilities complete their...

Contact Your Senator, Make Your Voice Count

Contact Your Senator, Make Your Voice Count
Over 1,000 people from across the country are meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel to hear about the policy issues important to people with developmental disabilities and their families. For two days we are hearing about the issues in preparation for visits to Capitol Hill on Wednesday. There are...

First Thursday: DC Gathering

Beginning Sunday, people with developmental disabilities, family members, and advocates from across the country will converge on Washington, DC for the Disability Policy Seminar. This is an opportunity for people to learn more about the national issues that are impacting people with...

Real Communities: A Story of Success from the Korean Coalition

Update: Narae has got her second volunteer position at Assi Plaza, an Asian grocery store in Duluth as a stacker where she will work from 10 - 11 a.m.. The Duluth library also reached out to both Lucy and me and have a volunteer position for her at the library.Lucy is a mother with a new...

First Thursdays: Let's Come Together

The following is the sixth installment of the GCDD First Thursdays blog series, a monthly blog that will share the thoughts and ideas of GCDD staff members. I moved from the Midwest to Georgia in 1987. Not more than a week after I arrived it began to snow. You know, the kind of snow that we...

Learn What Your Child Has to Say and Can Do

by Carrie Gleason I remember when my husband and I attended our first Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting for our son Lakoda. He was 4½-years old and to say we were naïve to the special education world would be an understatement. We did not have the first clue what IEP stood for, let alone...

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