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Georgia Winter Institute Returns to Columbus to Explore Community Building and Inclusion


ATLANTA—The Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) is pleased to return to Columbus, Georgia for the fourth annual Georgia Winter Institute (GWI) January 26th – 29th at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. This one of a kind event brings together people from across Georgia and beyond to discover how to use values-based, person-centered philosophies in building strong, diverse and inclusive communities for people with disabilities. Attendees include representatives of state agencies, service providers, advocacy groups, faith communities, business leaders, and civic organizations.

CLD Director of Individual and Family Supports and GWI organizer Stacey Ramirez says, “One of the cornerstones of GWI is helping participants hone their skills in effective storytelling, asking questions that increase understanding, and becoming a better listener. GWI 2014 keynote speakers, Karin Korb and Chris Glaser, and several invited presenters will carry this message. Following the mission of the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, we have six areas of focus: employment, homes, education, well-being, leadership and communities. This year, participants will be able to pick and choose from presenters who are experts on these critical components of building strong vibrant communities where the gifts and talents of all members are valued.”

GWI 2014 is sponsored by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, Parent to Parent of Georgia, The Arc of Georgia, Georgia Advocacy Office, Georgia Power, Fresh Market, Uptown Tap, Institute on Human Development and Disability and The Learning Community.   More information on GWI can be found at

The Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services across the country.  Since 2008, it has been housed within the Center for Healthy Development, part of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. Its mission is to translate research into sustainable community practices that contribute to independent, self-determined, inclusive, and productive lives for people with disabilities and their families.




Maria Pinkelton
Center for Leadership in Disability
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