Community Partners

Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH)
The Alabama Department of Mental Health is the state agency responsible for serving Alabama citizens with mental illnesses, intellectual disabilities, and substance use disorders.

The Arc of Georgia
The Arc of Georgia advocates for the rights and full community participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Their goals are to improve systems of support and services, connect families, inspire communities, and influence public policy to benefit individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) strives to advance the health and well-being of our nation’s most vulnerable populations. Although our efforts are broad and far-reaching, we have identified four critical Center-level thematic areas: 1) Saving babies through birth defects prevention and research; 2) Helping children live to the fullest by understanding developmental disabilities; 3) Protecting people by preventing the complications of blood disorders; 4) Improving the health of people living with disabilities

DisABILITY LINK
disABILITY LINK is an organization led by and for people with disabilities and promotes choice and full participation in community life. It is a grassroots, peer-led, non-medical organization that: 1) Advocates for human rights, not special rights;  2) Values the inherent worth of each individual, all of whom deserve dignity and respect; 3) Promotes the inclusion and recognition of the talents and abilities of all individuals; 4) Supports self-determination and choice

Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta (DSAA)
The mission of DSAA is to educate stakeholders, unite our community, and build bridges between worlds, so that individuals with Down syndrome and their families are connected to opportunities for an amazing life.

Frazer Center
At the center of the Frazer Center’s philosophy is our commitment to inclusion. While there are therapeutic elements to our work, our greatest commitment is about fostering the kinds of learning and social opportunities with adults and children that build sustaining friendships, that deepen an appreciation for diversity, and that recognize the gifts and talents of every individual in ways that celebrate those characteristics as essential to the vitality of the larger community.

Georgia Advocacy Office (GAO)
The Georgia Advocacy Office is a private non-profit corporation. Our mission is to work with and for oppressed and vulnerable individuals in Georgia who are labeled as disabled or mentally ill to secure their protection and advocacy. GAO’s work is mandated by Congress, and GAO has been designated by Georgia as the agency to implement Protection and Advocacy within the state.

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD)
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is the state’s leader in advancing public policy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to promote public policy that creates an integrated community life for persons with developmental disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and all who support them. We achieve this mission by sharing information, coordinating public outreach and implementing strategic legislative advocacy.

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD)
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides treatment and support services to people with mental health challenges and substance use disorders, and assists individuals who live with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL)
Bright from the Start: Department of Early Care and Learning is responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia’s children and their families. It administers the nationally recognized Georgia’s Pre-K Program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care, administers Georgia’s Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program, federal nutrition programs, and manages Quality Rated, Georgia’s community powered child care rating system.

The department also houses the Head Start State Collaboration Office, distributes federal funding to enhance the quality and availability of child care, and works collaboratively with Georgia child care resource and referral agencies and organizations throughout the state to enhance early care and education.

Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE)
The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is an American agency that governs public education in the state of Georgia. The department manages funding and testing for local educational agencies accountable for student achievement.

Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH)
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is the lead agency in preventing disease, injury and disability; promoting health and well-being; and preparing for and responding to disasters from a health perspective.

Georgia Sibling Connection
Georgia Sibling Connection promotes a broad network of siblings who share the experience of disability and people concerned with sibling issues by connecting them to social, emotional, governmental, and provisional supports across the lifespan enabling them to be effective advocates with their brother and sister, and to serve as change agents for themselves and their families

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA)
The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency operates five integrated and interdependent statutory programs that share a primary goal – to help people with disabilities to become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment.

Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD)
Through UGA’s College of Family & Consumer Sciences, IHDD applies the vast resources, research, and scholarship of the university on behalf of people with disabilities. Future leaders in all disciplines can be certified in disability issues through IHDD. Nationally-known faculty and staff support local, regional, state, national and international efforts. The IHDD works with people who have disabilities and others, to ensure that all people can achieve their highest capacity and quality of life.

L’Arche
The mission of L’Arche is to make known the gifts of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships; to respond the changing needs of our members, while being faithful to the core values of our founding story; and to engage in our diverse cultures, working together towards a more human society.

Parent to Parent of Georgia
Parent to Parent of Georgia provides support and information to parents of children with disabilities.  Parent to Parent of Georgia also serves as the state’s Parent training and Information Center with the goal of significantly improving the ability of Georgia families to access education, advocacy and community supports and essential resources that meet their children’s needs.

People First of Georgia
People First of Georgia is an organization made up of self-advocates seeking to create changes that will improve the lives of people with disabilities. This agency is unique in that people with developmental disabilities have an active role in membership and leadership in this organization.

RESA Network
The Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) is comprised of 16 regional educational service agencies strategically located in service districts throughout the State of Georgia. The agencies were established for the purpose of sharing services designed to improve the effectiveness of the educational programs of member school systems. In addition, the RESAs assist the State Department of Education in promoting its initiatives. The RESAs inform systems of innovation and gather research on programs as needed.

SPECTRUM
Spectrum Autism Support Group was established in 1998 to provide support, education and resources for individuals and families impacted by autism.

Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
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.