Advocacy and Public Policy
Georgia Advocacy Office,150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 430, Decatur, GA 30030, 800-537-2320, http://thegao.org.
The Georgia Advocacy Office (GAO) is a private non-profit corporation, working 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 it has been designated by Georgia as the agency to implement Protection and Advocacy within the state.
Service Providers Association for Developmental Disabilities (SPADD), 3300 Northeast Expressway, Bldg. 9, Atlanta, GA 30341, 770- 676-2000, http://spadd.org.
SPADD is an inclusive association of public and private providers of any community based MR/DD service to improve services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Georgia. As a professional association, SPADD is committed to the education of providers on best practice, advocacy and education regarding public policy.
Atlanta Legal Aid – Mental Health & Disability Rights Project, 151 Spring Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, 404-524-5811,www.atlantalegalaid.org.
The Mental Health& Disability Rights Project helps clients gain access to community based disability services so they can live in the least restrictive setting possible. This project oversees the LC vs. Olmstead case, which the Supreme Court decided in favor of our clients in 1999.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Southeast ADA Center, 490 Tenth Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, 800-949-4342,www.sedbtac.org.
The Southeast ADA Center is the Regional Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Children with Disabilities
Families of Children Under Stress (FOCUS), 3050 Presidential Drive, Suite 114, Atlanta, GA 30340, 770-234-9111, www.focus-ga.org.
FOCUS provides emotional, informational and physical support to parents of children with disabilites or onoging medical needs.
Fragile Kids Foundation, 3350 Riverwood Parkway, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA, 30339, 770-951-6113, www.fragilekids.org.
Fragile Kids Foundation aids families with medical and therapeutic equipment grants for items not covered by insurance or Medicaid. Children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, mitochondrial disorders, muscular dystrophy and other genetic or traumatic conditions can apply for healthcare grants or borrow equipment from the loaned equipment progam.
Parent to Parent of Georgia, 3805 Presidential Parkway, Suite 207, Atlanta, GA 30340, 770-451-5484, www.p2pga.org.
Parent to Parent of Georgia provides information and support to parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Georgia Learning Resources System, 404-657-9958, www.glrs.org.
This organization provides training and resources to educators and parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and are especially helpful in navigating the IEP process.
Marcus Autism Center, 1920 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, GA 30320, 404-419-4000,www.marcus.org.
The Marcus Autism Institute provides information, services and programs for children with autism and related disorders.
Variety, the Children’s Charity of Georgia, 9800 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite 1, Johns Creek, GA 30097, 678-994-4210, www.varietyofgeorgia.org.
Variety of Georgia provides health, wellness and educational programs to underserved children who are disadvantaged or have special needs, including access to uncovered medical services and devices.
Cerebral Palsy Guide, 3208 E. Colonial Drive #241 Orlando, FL 32803, 1-855-329-1008, www.cerebralpalsyguide.com
Cerebral Palsy Guide is a national organization that helps families and individuals affected by cerebral palsy. They provide educational material about CP so that parents and caregivers can be better prepared for raising a child affected by this developmental disorder.
Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities 404-657-2258,www.dbhdd.georgia.gov.
MHDDAD provides treatment and support services to people with mental illnesses and addictive diseases, and support to people with mental retardation and related intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Georgia Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, 2 Peachtree Street, N.W., Ste 26-246, Atlanta, GA, 30303-3142, 404-6572126, www.gcdd.org.
The mission of the Governor’s council on intellectual and developmental Disabilities is “to collaborate with Georgia citizens, public and private advocacy organizations, and policy makers to positively influence public policies that enhance the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Council provides collaboration through information and advocacy activities, program implementation and funding, and public policy analysis and research.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Find Services Near You for Developmental Disabilities, www.healthfinder.gov