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The Georgia State Team includes:

The Georgia State Team meets monthly to discuss individual and state team project progress. Each Youth Ambassador is creating a Supported Decision-Making (SDM) plan, and the members of the State Team collectively and individually teach others how to create and implement SDM plans. The State Team is working with a videographer to produce short, introductory videos where each Ambassador introduces themselves and explains the importance of the project. It is also designing a website, so others in Georgia can learn more about SDM and hear stories from the Youth Ambassadors. It is planning to offer workshops and presentations and will be doing outreach at schools and transition fairs.

In Georgia, there is a Supported Decision-Making Advisory Council, led by the Georgia Advocacy Office, with grant funding from the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. This Advisory Council recently created a “Big, Bold Plan” with a vision of state agencies, school systems, probate courts, and health systems collaborating to shift from nearly automated practices of guardianship for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to supporting people with decision-making. Georgia’s Youth Ambassadors are involved with the Council and will work together to support other self-advocates throughout the state to better understand and ultimately use SDM as needed.

Resources from the Georgia State Team include:

Contact: Kate Brady, Deputy Director, Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, kate.brady@gcdd.ga.gov

“People with I/DD have the ability to live their life the way they want to with support. There should be no one thinking that just because a person has a disability doesn’t mean they can’t live their life. Not everyone came into the world knowing everything.”
Darien Todd headshot, smiling at camera
Darien Todd
Youth Ambassador, Georgia