GCDD Blog

Register Now for GCDD's Take Your Legislator To Work Day

Register Now for GCDD's Take Your Legislator To Work Day
The goal of Take Your Legislator To Work Day is to show the far reaching benefits to employers, employees and communities alike of hiring people with disabilities as well as to create opportunities for Georgians with disabilities to form and nurture relationships with their elected officials....

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AROUND THE STATE: Basketball Camp Aims to Bounce Out the Stigma

AROUND THE STATE: Basketball Camp Aims to Bounce Out the Stigma
For the third year, Bounce Out the Stigma Basketball Camp came to Gainesville, GA in June. The camp’s mission is to “empower challenged youth to believe they can and erase the stigma from those who believe they can’t.” The camp is open to boys and girls, ages eight to 18, who are diagnosed with...

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STRAIGHT TALK: A Vision for My Life

STRAIGHT TALK: A Vision for My Life
by Martha Haythorn My name is Martha Haythorn and I am 18. I just finished my senior year at Decatur High School. When I was seven years old, I went with my parents to speak with our senators. And, I have been advocating for people with disabilities ever since. In April, I went to the...

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EXPERT UPDATE: Consortium Works on Issues Facing Latinos with Disabilities

EXPERT UPDATE: Consortium Works on Issues Facing Latinos with Disabilities
By Jennifer Bosk Among the many challenges parents and caregivers of children with disabilities experience is being understood by communities and the public. Add not speaking or limited understanding of the English language and the problem is compounded. Lola Hernández (left) and Brenda Liz...

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GCDD IMPACT: New Employment Center Opens in Athens

GCDD IMPACT: New Employment Center Opens in Athens
Across the country, the movement to employ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) is gaining momentum. For the movement to be successful, bridging different players in the field and bringing them to achieve a common goal is key. Through the University of Georgia’s...

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GCDD IMPACT: Inclusive Classrooms Enrich All Students

GCDD IMPACT: Inclusive Classrooms Enrich All Students
Kelsey Gray moved from St. Louis, MO to Acworth, GA with her mom, dad and 12-year-old sister in November 2015. Kelsey is a 14-year-old student at Awtrey Middle School, where she is in a class with three other students with significant disabilities. Kelsey is happy at school, where she takes...

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What's Happening in Washington?: Federal Disability Policy Updates

What's Happening in Washington?: Federal Disability Policy Updates
by Alison Barkoff, Director of Advocacy, Center for Public Representation I’m excited to be back with another installment of What’s Happening in Washington? There’s so much going on with federal policy it’s hard to keep up! When people hear “federal policy,” they usually think about Congress...

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Forming Friendships

Forming Friendships
by Adrianne Murchison Deborah Hibben had a task at the start of every school year when her daughter Hannah was growing up. She had a conversation with teachers to share what Hannah, who is diagnosed with Down syndrome, responds to, as well as her personality and needs. I would give teachers a...

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