Olmstead: A Look Through the Years

Summer Issue 2024

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Community Champions: Elite Squad Works to Change Perspectives on People with Disabilities

By Jacob Segura
July 9, 2024
There are many aspects to consider when it comes to being a champion for the disability community, whether it is providing care and support, offering a social network, or strengthening the voices of people with disabilities.  Elite Squad Inc., founded

Reflecting on 25 Years of the Olmstead Decision

By Devika Rao and Mara Waldruff
July 9, 2024
June 22, 1999, marks a pivotal moment in the history of disability rights in the United States—the Supreme Court’s landmark Olmstead Decision was made into law. Two Georgian self-advocates Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson, who lived with developmental and psychiatric

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Una foto de la cabeza de D'arcy Robb, una mujer blanca sonriente con cabello castaño hasta los hombros, que lleva una blusa. florido sin mangas

D’Arcy Robb
GCDD Executive Director

Viewpoint: The Olmstead Decision Celebrates 25th Anniversary

What were you doing in 1999? I graduated from high school. Interestingly, Georgia self-advocates Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson were making history.  You may or may not know their stories. Lois and Elaine both had disabilities. They spent years cycling

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Caroline O’Brien – Main Character Energy

By Shannon Turner
July 8, 2024
“I know none of you. I know none of you,” Caroline chants under her breath before she realizes she’s already on a “hot mic.” It’s an endearing moment belying the slightest amount of the jitters, inwardly suppressed, while outwardly portraying

Advocacy in Georgia Heats Up in the Summer!

By Uniting for Change Collective Leadership Team
July 9, 2024
Uniting for Change self-advocates will continue their work during the summer months this year. Many will work hard to advocate for voting rights for the disability community in Georgia.  Uniting for Change will also be represented throughout Georgia by getting

Georgia State University’s IDEAL Rewrites the Narrative of The College Experience

By Anna Freeman
July 9, 2024
Established in 2016 at the Center for Leadership in Disability within Georgia State University’s (GSU) School of Public Health, the Inclusive Digital Expression and Literacy (IDEAL) program was founded to provide students with intellectual disabilities (ID) the same academic, social,

Closing the Gap: How One Organization is Empowering Georgians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities with Inclusive Technology

By Anna Freeman
July 9, 2024
Mark Friedman, Ph. D., and Ruther-Marie Beckwith, Ph. D., of Blue Fire Inc., a grantee of the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD), have recently done extensive research through the Georgia Technology White Paper with two objectives: to identify the

Expert Update: Advancing Employment to End Subminimum Wages

By Jacob Segura
July 9, 2024
In the life of a person with disabilities, few skills are as essential to success as the ability to advocate. One must learn to ask for basic needs and standards of care; in some cases, they must advocate for larger

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