Cookies at the Capitol…

by Eric Pudalov, Community Events Coordinator

Photos by Amanda Duckworth, Community Relations Associate

Today, in preparation for Disability Day (which takes place this Thursday, February 24th), a number of participants from our Art & Food Program, along with Community Relations Associate Amanda Duckworth, Director of EmployABILITY LaRue Griffin, and intern Alice Corazzina visited the Georgia Capitol.

We hand-delivered specially wrapped chocolate chip cookies made by Art & Food participants to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp, State Senators and Representatives and their office staff, various lobbyists around the building, and even some young students who happened to be at the Capitol on field trips.

To accomplish this task, our group split up into teams, each of which was responsible for handing out cookies and business cards to legislators on different floors.  As expected, everyone we met with was incredibly pleasant and received us graciously.

Several of us also had the honor of meeting a small group representing the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), with whom we had a pleasant chat and the chance to exchange cookies.  As a matter of fact, the “third floor team” ran short of cookies and had to run downstairs to restock!  The AARP members cheerfully expressed their appreciation for our efforts.

It was an honor and a thrill for all who were present.  We here at Georgia Community Support and Solutions would like to thank Lieutenant Gov. Casey Cagle, State Sen. John Douglas (see photos below), and everyone else that took the time to speak with us this morning.

 

Capitol Steps

Cookies @ the Capitol

Lieutenant Governor Pic

Lt. Governor 2

Sen. John Douglas Pic

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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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