GCDD Seeks Grants Manager and Public Policy Director

The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is seeking to fill the positions of Grants Manager and Public Policy Director to be based in our Atlanta, GA office. This is an excellent opportunity to join an organization that is successfully addressing some of the most important and...

Straight Talk: How I Use Assistive Technology

My name is Tracy Rackensperger. I am a public service faculty member at the University of Georgia, Institute of Human Development and Disability (IHDD). I have worked at UGA for over nine years now in the development of course content for the introductory course of our Disability Studies...

Real Communities: Quilts Display Gifts and Talents of Congregation

Real Communities: Quilts Display Gifts and Talents of Congregation
On a 26-by-26 wall at Centenary United Methodist Church that was once bare now hang handcrafted quilts designed and made by Dottie Adams, GCDD's Individual and Family Supports Director. GCDD's Real Communities Initiative, Adams got close to the people that make up the congregation and their...

Mia's Space: Exercise for All

Those of you that have followed Mia's Space are aware that we have struggled with her weight. She is either unconcerned or actively works to thwart our every good intention. By "our" I mean her siblings, Laura, Joe, Fabersha, Lindsey, Wanda, Toni, Wanda and the other staff at St. Mary's, her...

Expert Update: How Olmstead Settlements Are Focusing on Quality Services

In America, the phrase "Civil Rights" evokes powerful emotion, conjuring up visions of the 1960s, of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and of students at lunch counters and university doors. These were the disability community's models for civil rights advocacy....

Assistive Technology Paves the Way for Disabilities

Assistive Technology Paves the Way for Disabilities
Technology is a way of life now. The evolution of the Internet and proliferation of devices have vastly changed the way we interact and communicate over the past decade. Groundbreaking technological advancements that assist people with disabilities with daily living and work are finally keeping...

Perspectives: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Art as Communication

We were first approached late last year about the idea of Jonathan participating in the Thousand Words Photography project and we were very excited about the opportunity for Jonathan to be a part of this. To test the waters to see how Jonathan might like photography, we gave him a camera for...

Perspectives: The Conversation of Dance

If you meet me and ask what I do, I'll probably tell you that I am a dancer. Depending on the context, I may say that I'm an artist, or a working artist. Given the askance looks that usually follow – how many professional dancers with obvious physical disabilities have you met? – I'll pull out...

Express Yourself: How Art is Taking the Stage to Break Barriers

Express Yourself: How Art is Taking the Stage to Break Barriers
The arts are an excellent way for communities and individuals to express their voices through painting, photography, dance, music and more. For some, the arts are also a channel of outreach, engagement and even advocacy. Such is the case for dancers of Full Radius, an inclusive dance company...

Make a Difference with GCDD!

The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is looking for individuals with developmental disabilities and family members who are interested in becoming members of the GCDD Council and advancing its mission of advocacy for people with disabilities. The mission of the Georgia Council...

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