All About Developmental Disabilities: A Message from Rita Young, Dir. of Public Policy & Education

Re-posted from AADD (All About Developmental Disabilities)
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Our Vision

“We believe that people with developmental disabilities, and their families, are among the most challenged, excluded, and vulnerable people in society.  For many people we support, AADD means the difference between stability and homelessness, sickness and health, isolation and inclusion, discrimination and dignity.

“On Wednesday, [February 2], the Subcommittee on Human Resources in the Georgia House met to hear public testimony on the closure of hospitals across the state that [serve] individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities.  Twenty-two people gave testimony to legislators that lasted several hours.

“Kudos to Pat Nobbie from Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities for telling legislators that we need 1500 waiver services for those living with developmental disabilities when there are only 100 in the budget.

“Also, Josh Norris from Georgia Advocacy did a great job in stressing the need for a plan of action on how Georgia needs to support folks coming out of hospitals as well as fielding difficult questions from legislators on issues such as the future of Central State [Hospital] in Milledgeville.

Linda Wilson, Partner graduate and AADD Board President, also stressed the need for family support services to be funded in the budget to help families keep their loved ones at home or in the community.  The common thread in a large majority of the testimonies was the need to build up provider capacity quickly to insure a smooth transition from hospital placement to the community, and provide adequate funding to support the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities infrastructure as they change in culture and the way they provide services to individuals with mental health [issues] and developmental disabilities.”


Rita Young
Director of Public Policy and Education for information about AADD and its direct services and referral information for volunteering for all training, advocacy, and community education programs
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AADD’s mailing address is:
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Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30324

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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