Welcome to The Arc Georgia.

We’ve had a busy few months, but we’ve also made a lot of progress. Together we are working hard to support the inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) throughout Georgia. I look forward to offering you quarterly updates about our work and how you can be further involved in our movement.

We need your support to continue this invaluable work. Please become a member of The Arc Georgia today.

Stacey Ramirez
State Director, The Arc Georgia
Rev-Up Georgia Updates

Important summer highlights of the Rev-Up Georgia campaign include:

  • The Arc Georgia and Rev-Up Georgia partnered to strongly oppose the Randolph County polling location closures. The proposal to close the locations was denied!

Join our Monday bi-weekly 10am conference calls: Call in number 712-775-7031. Pin 608190939
Send an email to Revupgeorgia@gmail.com to be added to the REV UP Georgia distribution list.

Access all of the 2018 REV UP Campaign Resources .

Important Dates:

September 25, 2018: National Voter Registration Day

October 9, 2018: Voter Registration Deadline for Midterm Elections

November 6, 2018: Midterm Elections
Join Us at the Premier Disability Rights Event 
The Arc’s 2018 National Convention is taking place in Nashville, TN, from November 8-10 this year! Get motivated by new ideas and best practices from our expert speakers, attend dozens of innovative sessions, get inspired, and make new friends that share your passion for inclusion. Registration is now open !
We Expanded! 
This summer, we welcomed a new addition to The Arc Georgia team, Dr. Alyssa Lee. Dr. Lee is serving as the Director of Policy and Special Programs and will be leading The Arc Georgia’s policy efforts. She is a clinical psychologist with experience providing services to children with disabilities and their families and recently completed a postdoctoral health policy fellowship at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Lee notes:

“I hope to serve as a policy resource for all of you, providing information on visionary disability policy nationally and globally, focusing on how we can progress Georgia's disability policy agenda and bring change to the communities we serve. I am honored to be a part of this most important work and look forward to working with you to create a truly inclusive Georgia!”
Upcoming Policy Advocacy Opportunity
Spend your lunch break with the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities!

Join us on Friday, September 14 at 12:00 PM for the educational webinar, “What Is EVV and Why Should You Care?”

GCDD’s very own Public Policy Director Dawn Alford and the Center for Public Representation’s Director of Advocacy Alison Barkoff will spend the lunch hour explaining new changes to Medicaid-financed personal care services and home health care services. This will impact you if you rely on the NOW, COMP, ICWP, CCSP, or SOURCE waiver.
Co-sponsored by the Statewide Independent Living Council, The Arc Georgia, the Georgia Council on Aging, Parent 2 Parent of Georgia, The Georgia Advocacy Office, NAMI Georgia, and Georgians for a Healthy Future, this will be an event you will not want to miss.

Space is limited, so be sure to log on to the Adobe Connect virtual meeting room promptly at noon on the day of the webinar.
Disability Rights are Human Rights: August Recess Edition
During summer’s August recess, The Arc Georgia ramped up it’s policy advocacy efforts and reached out to all members of the House of Representatives who have a local chapter of The Arc in their home district. Our goal was to educate members of Congress on important federal disability policy, and we had three successful meetings!

Thank you to Congressmen Austin Scott, Sanford Bishop, Jr., and David Scott and their staff for discussing disability policy with us. We had three successful meetings thanks to the partnership of The Arc Macon, Albany ARC, and The Arc of Clayton County!
Advancing Person-Centeredness in Georgia 
We are proud to announce that our State Director, Stacey Ramirez, is following her passion for person-centeredness and is becoming credentialed as a Person-Centered Thinking Trainer in Georgia! She has been working hard and is excited to finish up her credentialing process this October and continue to strengthen person-centered thinking across Georgia.

This summer, members of The Arc Georgia, The Arc Macon, Albany ARC, and The Arc of Thomas Grady Center convened in Clearwater, Florida to attend a 2-day person-centered thinking training. We learned the philosophy behind person-centered thinking and practiced a set of skills to help us support people to live the lives they choose.
The Power of Connection
The Arc Georgia had the opportunity to assist with Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities’ 2018 Power of Connection Symposium held at Stone Mountain from August 21-24. The Power of Connection was a learning event for providers, individuals, self-advocates, family members, and professional staff to come together to strengthen relationships in the disability community. 

The Arc Georgia assisted with scholarship lodging, the 5 Symposium support rooms, and the help desk. We also designed and oversaw the popular sensory room! In addition to the Symposium supports, Stacey Ramirez and Betty Johnson presented a successful session titled “My Person-Centered Journey” to attendees of the Symposium.

We are incredibly grateful for our volunteers including Albany ARC and Debbie Harbin with Anchor of Hope!
The Arc Georgia Pooled Trust
Special Needs Trusts are utilized to help provide the extras in life, above and beyond the basics provided by government programs. The Arc Georgia Pooled Trust offers two types of trusts to help families provide the highest quality of life for a family member with a disability… now and for the future.

·      First Party Trusts
·      Third Party Trusts

In both types of trusts, The Arc Georgia Pooled Trust allows funds to be pooled to maximize investments; however each trust beneficiary has his or her individual trust account.