GCDD Real People Close-Up: Sarah Tekele

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In this Real People Close-Up, you'll hear Sarah Tekele share her story. After escaping from a military coup in Ethiopia and arriving at a United States refugee camp in Sudan, Sarah speaks of the gift of her son Abraham who was born with developmental disabilities. Sarah is certain Abraham can live a good life because he was born in the US, where there are supports for children with Autism.

Now living in Atlanta, Sarah tells her story to GCDD Diversity Coordinator, Aarti Sahgal, in this GCDD Real People Close-Up.

To listen to Sarah share her story, please click the play button.


For a text version of Sarah Tekele's story, click here.
This is an ongoing series, and we would love to hear your comments.

Real People Close-Up is produced by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) in collaboration with StoryCorps and the Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS).

GCDD promotes storytelling as a way of learning, supporting, sharing and building community. To submit your story as a Real People Close-Up, email GCDD Public Information Director, Valerie Meadows Suber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; Subject line: Real People. Include your email, phone and mailing address, your name and name of story principals and a story synopsis of no more than 100 words. Selected story participants will be asked to schedule their own StoryCorp recording session, submit a copy of the StoryCorp CD recording to GCDD and sign a release form granting permission to production rights to GCDD.

The interviews are recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit dedicated to recording and collecting stories of everyday people. Visit www.storycorps.org or call toll free at 1-800-850-4406.

The audio production is done by Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS), whose mission is to improve the quality of life for every Georgian who is blind, visually-impaired or has difficulty with access to the printed word by broadcasting current information via sub channel radio transmission and streamlining on the internet. Visit www.garrs.net or call toll free at 1-800-672-6173

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