Why is Georgia Cutting the SOURCE?

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by Eric Pudalov, Community Events Coordinator

In the September 9th issue of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, an article entitled Disabled Georgians sue over program cuts discussed lawsuits filed by six Georgians over the loss of benefits from SOURCE (Service Options Using Resources from a Community Environment), a state program which has assisted in paying for the care of people who need constant supervision.

According to the article, the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, states that in 2007, the state of Georgia relocated SOURCE to a separate program that only covered the elderly and people with physical disabilities.  However, people with mental and developmental disabilities continued to be enrolled into the program even after the change had taken place.

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About gcsscommunity

My name is Eric Pudalov, and I work as Community Events Coordinator with Georgia Community Support and Solutions, whose mission is to provide creative, life-enriching solutions to people with developmental disabilities and their families. I became interested in this field, however, due to having a disability myself; namely, I had brain surgery in 1996 at age 14, to remove a benign tumor. Following this, I had many difficulties with short-term memory, loss of strength, confusion, and emotional control. Fortunately, at present, I've recovered much of what I'd lost. Despite some setbacks, I graduated high school with honors, and received an academic scholarship to Adelphi Univ., where I earned a BA in Communications. Since then, I've held a number of different jobs and internships, among them a TA position at Sylvan Learning Center, and work as a "Service Leader" with Hands on Atlanta. Since living in GA, I've also been involved with two programs (including GCSS) that serve people with disabilities. My experience has included sharing apartments with adults with autism and other disorders. Though my so-called "limitations" may differ from those of others in the program, these experiences have helped me to realize that people, overall, are capable of much more than we may at first perceive. Search Engine Submission - AddMe
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