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Kayla's Blog - Planning an Advocacy Event

Hello everyone, I am the Vice President and Chief Ambassador of Autistic Self-Advocacy Atlanta (ASAA), an affiliate group of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN). Since 2012, ASAN has partnered with several disability organizations every year on March 1 to honor and remember people with...

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Kayla's Corner - What Issues Matter to Me

Kayla's Corner - What Issues Matter to Me
Hello, everyone! Thank you for keeping up with my progress as an intern at GCDD. Since my last post, so much has taken place. I know I told you all last time about how my schedule was about to change due to my participation in the legislative session. Well, after trying it out, I realized that...

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March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is proud to recognize March as Developmental Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month. The goal for this month is to create awareness about developmental disabilities, teach the importance of inclusion within every aspect of life and to share the...

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The Fight for Gracie’s Law

The Fight for Gracie’s Law
by Jennifer Bosk As far as gender reveals go, this was a simple one. No cupcakes with pink or blue centers, no boxes of helium-filled balloons. Erin and David Nobles had agreed to a genetic test, suggested because of her late-age pregnancy, but mostly because she knew it would be an easy way to...

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2020 Legislative Preview – Getting Ready to Advocate

2020 Legislative Preview – Getting Ready to Advocate
Starting on Monday, January 13, 2020, the Georgia General Assembly will begin its race towards the finish line. The Georgia Constitution only grants the assembly 40 days to complete all its work. While the days do not have to be continuous, the assembly’s traditional deadline of late March or...

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Kayla's Corner - Welcome to My Blog!

Kayla's Corner - Welcome to My Blog!
My name is Kayla Rodriguez and I’m a 23-year-old autistic self-advocate. I am Vice President and Chief Ambassador of Autistic Self-Advocacy Atlanta, an affiliate group of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network. I have trained under the Bobby Dodd Institute Ambassador Program, the GaLEND (Georgia...

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Kayla's Corner - It's Time to Advocate!

Kayla's Corner - It's Time to Advocate!
Happy New Year everyone! With a new year comes a new shift in schedule for me. Soon, I will be spending more time at the Capitol and in legislative meetings when the legislative session begins. The legislative session is a 40-day non-consecutive work period where senators and representatives...

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