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Parents and Students, Share Your Story!

Parents and Students, Share Your Story!
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) would like to share stories of parent and students who are going through the IEP process or/and transitioning into the workplace or college. If you would like to be included in GCDD's magazine, Making A Difference, please complete this...

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More Money = More Services: Say YES to a Tobacco Tax Increase!

More Money = More Services: Say YES to a Tobacco Tax Increase!
June 23, 2020 • 10 AM - 2 PM • CALL-IN Did you know that Georgia's tobacco tax is one of the lowest in the country? Georgia can raise $400 million simply by bringing our tobacco tax up to at least $1.00, which is still below the national average. During this time of harsh budget cuts, we need...

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Tell Your Legislator to #IncludeCollege!

Tell Your Legislator to #IncludeCollege!
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is bringing back its #IncludeCollege campaign to raise awareness for the budget to the IPSE (inclusive post-secondary education programs) or college programs for students with intellectual disabilities. GCDD wants to bring attention to the...

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GCDD Response to Proposed DBHDD Budget Cuts

GCDD Response to Proposed DBHDD Budget Cuts
June 10, 2020 The Honorable Renee Unterman Chair,Senate Human Development and Public Health Appropriations SubcommitteeState Capitol, Room 121-GAtlanta, GA 30334 The Honorable Katie Dempsey Chair,House Human Resources Appropriations SubcommitteeState Capitol, Room 245Atlanta, GA 30334 Dear...

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#CutsCauseCrisis Call-In Day

#CutsCauseCrisis Call-In Day
HAVE YOUR SAY. BE HEARD. MAKE A DIFFERENCE. June 10, 2020 • 10 AM - 2 PM • CALL-IN The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) made public their plans to cut 14%* of their budget (approximately $172.3 million) as recommended by the Governor. DBHDD plans to cut...

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The Disability Vote Counts 2020 – It’s Election Season!

The Disability Vote Counts 2020 – It’s Election Season!
It’s election season again! In November, millions of Americans will head to the polls to vote in the 2020 Presidential and General Election taking place on November 3. Like all elections this year’s is important, and it is even more important for people with disabilities to head to the polls to...

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PUBLIC POLICY FOR THE PEOPLE: 2020 Legislative Session Recap

PUBLIC POLICY FOR THE PEOPLE: 2020 Legislative Session Recap
by Charlie Miller, GCDD Legislative Advocacy Director This has been one of the most interesting legislative sessions we have seen in modern times. Between Governor Brian Kemp’s first installment of recommended budget cuts and the threat of COVID-19, the Georgia Council on Developmental...

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EXPERT UPDATE - The Direct Support Professional Workforce Crisis

EXPERT UPDATE - The Direct Support Professional Workforce Crisis
by Carol Britton Laws, PhD, MSW, FAAIDD One of the most concerning issues affecting people with developmental disabilities, their families and communities right now is the state of the direct support professional (DSP) workforce, commonly called “the DSP crisis.” The Georgia Council on...

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Our Happy Place

Our Happy Place
by Shannon Turner, Photographer Haylee Fucini-Lenkey Once or twice a week in the summer, Jack Clark’s family loads up a couple of bags with ice water, pretzels and watermelon and heads down to the Little River Marine Center to hop on a boat rental and reconnect with their inner happy place on...

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