Photos of Sharia Stripling and Elana Taylor

The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities Welcomes Two New Council Members This Summer: National Black Deaf Advocate Sharia Stripling and Five-Time Olympic Medalist Elana Taylor

Sharia Denise Stripling was born and raised in Fort Valley, Georgia. At age four, she suddenly and unexpectedly lost hearing with no cause of illness. As she grew older, she developed a passion for dance and pageantry after reading a

GCDD’s Chairman Nick Perry Has Been Appointed by President Biden to Serve on the President’s Committee for People with Developmental Disabilities

President Biden announced in March his intent to appoint 21 individuals to serve as members on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID). Nick Perry, Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) Chairman, has been selected to serve on
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Congratulations, Graduates!

It’s graduation season! Across the state, young people graduated from high school and college throughout Georgia earlier this spring and last fall. Making a Difference magazine wanted to celebrate this milestone of the graduates across the nine inclusive post-secondary education