To create lifelong support, education and opportunities for children, adults and families living with developmental disabilities
For Georgia to be a place where people with developmental disabilities and their families can live, work and participate in inclusive communities in a way that honors individual dignity
- Leading resource center for families living with developmental disabilities with a statewide reach
- Visible spokesperson with strong name recognition
- Go-to organization for coalitions, collaborations, partnerships and new ideas
- Networked organization with engaged volunteers, advocates and partners in the public and private sectors
- Innovator of new ideas and models of service and community engagement
All About Developmental Disabilities was incorporated as a nonprofit in 1956 and has grown from a local, grassroots organization created by a group of concerned parents who started meeting in 1951 to design and create an organization that would advocate and serve families living with developmental disabilities. We have grown and evolved through the years to be one of the strongest support organizations in the state of Georgia and we are one of the longest serving organizations in the Atlanta metro area.
Our history demonstrates our capacity to be creative and responsive to the needs of individuals, families and communities. We convene, facilitate, train and empower individuals and families with our partners in other nonprofits, government and educational institutions. We use our knowledge, expertise and ideas to develop programs that make a difference in the lives of individuals and in the community.
AADD impacts several thousand people annually through our programs and activities in family support, public policy and advocacy and community engagement. Through the State Region 3 funding, we serve eligible individuals in our Outreach Services by providing companion services including family visits, housing, employment and assistance with daily living. We provide public policy and advocacy in our statewide program and we engage communities to become more inclusive and responsive.
Our family support services are free for those with state funding and fee based for others. Our Outreach Services are supported by state funding to help very low income individuals that are often ignored and are not always embraced by their communities due to their living in poverty and with developmental disabilities. Our Family Support Center provides fee based services for those that are seeking immediate help and advocacy.
We promote public policy and advocate for legislative and community change through our 600 partners spread across Georgia. We engage families, professionals and individuals with developmental disabilities in our Conversations That Matter with hundreds participating each year.
AADD believes our families and our communities are better when everyone contributes… when everyone has a chance to play a productive role.