Fall Issue 2021

State of Employment

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Preparing for the 2022 Legislative Session

By Charlie Miller
October 13, 2021
Georgia’s hot and sticky summer is finally coming to a close. The leaves are changing, the weather is starting to get that nice cool and crisp feeling, and now it’s time to get ready for fall. Here at the Georgia

A Desire for Independence

By Adrianne Murchison
October 13, 2021
Living Independently is an article series by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD). The series will cover self-determination and self-direction. Jenny Pryor lives an active life working in a Kroger supermarket, hiking on her off days or sometimes catching

State of Employment: How Shifts in the Economy Impacted Job Seekers with Disabilities

By H. M. Cauley
October 14, 2021
While the pandemic has played a key role in every aspect of life for the last 20 months, employment has been one of the most severely impacted elements. In a shifting economy, some workers have thrived, others pivoted, and many

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Eric E. Jacobson
Executive Director, GCDD

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Nick Perry
GCDD Chairman

On A Personal Note

On October 16, 1992, I began working at what was then called the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. Since then, I have had the honor and privilege of meeting people with developmental disabilities and their families all over this state.

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Students Soar at the EAGLE Academy at Georgia Southern

By Clay Voytek
October 8, 2021
For his first year of college last fall, Max Champion took half his classes online. This semester, he’s happy to be taking them all in person. Champion, 20, is a student at the Equal Access to Gainful Learning and Employment

Telling Their Own Stories

October 11, 2021
Treasure Maps showcased the stories of 10 people from across the state with developmental disabilities. The stories are expressions of the storytellers themselves. They chose the stories they wanted to tell, what was most important to them as individuals, as

The Blossoming of Real Communities

By Jennifer Bosk
October 12, 2021
When a Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) initiative ends, the celebration continues. The work has planted a seed, sown results, and now all can watch the fruits and impact of the initiative multiply as time goes on. So it

My Journey to One of My Dreams

By Laura Owen
October 12, 2021
Uniting for Change is a grassroots network of self-advocates that is growing the self-advocacy movement in Georgia. Along with family members, allies and supporters, self-advocates work on “uniting Georgians and influencing change by speaking up and taking control of our

Making Competitive, Integrated Employment a Reality

By Amy Gonzalez
October 12, 2021
GCDD interviewed Amy Gonzalez, Project Manager for the Administration on Disabilities (AoD) Disability Employment Technical Assistance, to discuss the ways competitive, integrated employment is becoming a reality for people with disabilities across the country, why employers need to get on

What’s Happening in Washington?

By Serena Lowe
October 13, 2021
As we round out the end of the fiscal year, action in the nation’s capital is both frenetic and action-packed. Congress is super-focused on passing a historic multi-trillion-dollar reconciliation bill that includes major investments in COVID recovery, infrastructure development, and


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