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"Individuals with disabilities want to fully participate in our communities - at church, in school, on the playground, on sports teams and in our own neighborhoods.  However, like everyone else, we need kindness, support and understanding to be successful".      
Kelsey Norris
 
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We have included a list of potential resources for you and your family.  You can access these websites by clicking on the organization's name
 
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They support families and individuals impacted by disabilities or special health care needs.  They are considered the "First Stop" for information and supports for children with developmental disabilities and their families in Georgia.  Their website has an extensive special needs database and Roadmap to Success for valuable resources. You can search their service provider database to find essential services for your child.  Their website also has information regarding free webinars and training opportunities.
 
 
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Parent Mentors are moms and dads hired by local school systems to work with special education directors, parents, school teams, teachers and the community to build a bridge of communication between school and home.  Their website contains information and links to locate the parent mentor in your area.
 
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The non-profit organization is providing innovative life skills and vocational training for young adults in the middle Georgia area. They offer classes in job readiness, social skills, and independent living, as well as job placement and on-the-job support.  Most importantly, they offer broader horizons for Middle Georgians with developmental disabilities and autism. Their mission is to create a dynamic, multi-faceted program which fosters inclusion into society by addressing the vocational, social and residential needs of adults with special needs.  The HALO Group is currently reviving the New Perry Hotel to serve as a home base for the innovative concept.  The New Perry Restaurant will once again be a functioning restaurant in which adults with developmental disabilities and autism will be trained  to work alongside their peers in many fields of the restaurant business.  The New Perry Hotel's gardens will return to their former glory as their team members learn landscaping and horticultural skills. The Motor Court behind the hotel will be renovated as apartments and the upper floors of the hotel will be renovated for office space and other revenue-generating uses to benefit HALO's programming.  Their website contains contact information and an online store selling unique products made by individuals with disabilities.
 
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FOCUS+Fragile Kids is an organization that helps children who are medically fragile or have significant developmental and/or physical disabilities. They comfort children and families with hospital visits and support groups, offer hope by information and education, provide fun activities for parents and kids, and help to make equipment available to children in need.  Their website has a link to an intake form to receive assistance and additional information.  Parents can also apply for an equipment grant to address their child's equipment needs.
 
 
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Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. They do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.  Their website has terrific help and information that you need. You can search the website by life stage or topic, such as: financial planning, safety, school, technology, health and wellness, behavioral challenges, medical resources, transition to adulthood, adults, family support and community life.  They also have an Autism Support Team specifically trained to connect people with autism, their families, and caretakers to information, tools and resources.
 
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The Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia, Inc. (or, "The SILC") is a private nonprofit corporation governed by people with all types of disabilities from all across the state. The role of the SILC is to identify societal barriers to independent living and to collaborate with Centers for Independent Living, Rehabilitation Services and other related entities to remove those barriers and to increase the supports and services needed to create independent living opportunities.  SILC activities include sponsoring public hearings, quarterly public meetings, and other educational and outreach efforts; providing information to public officials, state agencies and local organizations and individuals; and conducting studies, and research.  Their website has valuable resource information such as access to information; aging and disability resource connection; assistive technology; employment; and housing.
 
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The Arc Georgia works alongside people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to promote and protect the human rights for all and actively support full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.  As an office of The Arc of the United States, the Arc Georgia has served individuals and their families through our locally affiliated chapters across the state since 1952. The Arc Georgia works to develop programs and advocate for public policy giving people with I/DD the opportunity to learn, live, and work inclusively in their communities.  Their website has links to terrific information regarding self advocacy, family support, employment, public benefits and ABLE accounts, future planning, education, transition services, transportation, early intervention, housing and a resource library.
 
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The mission of GCDD is to advance social change, public policy, and innovative practices that increase opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to thrive where they live, learn, work, play, and worship in Georgia's communities.  GCDD collaborates with, supports and funds many projects across Georgia that promote best practices demonstrating innovative programs and activities that create opportunities to enhance the quality of life for Georgians living with disabilities. GCDD provides information to help educate decision makers, legislators and the general public about the benefits and ways of including people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community life. Their website contains information regarding their funded and supported programs and activities.  Their website also has valuable information regarding COVID-19 resources for Georgians with developmental disabilities and their families.
 
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