AADD believes in empowering families living with developmental disabilities to make informed choices and helps them build on their strengths to seek opportunities, resources and services. We provide family support services, public policy and advocacy, and community engagement programs.

With more than 57 years of serving the community, AADD is one of the longest-serving organizations in metro Atlanta and Georgia. We have produced other great organizations such as the Bobby Dodd Institute and Nobis Works. We have over 600 graduates of our Partners in Policymaking acting as advocates at the Capitol and in their communities. Each year, we engage hundreds of people in Conversations That Matter sessions in five communities across the state, host community recreational events, workshops and support groups, and provide trainings on a range of topics.

What We Do

  • Family Support – We offer programs that support individuals and their families living independently in the community. We help the whole family work towards independence, wellness and quality of life.
  • Public Policy and Advocacy – We believe in creating change and work as advocates to change policies, regulations, legislation and stereotypes in our communities.
  • Community Engagement – We provide training, support groups, workshops and volunteer opportunities to support community building and inclusive, aware communities.

Who we serve

We serve individuals from any age depending on the program. Our focus is on not only the individual, but the entire family. We were founded and still are governed by parents of individuals with developmental disabilities. Some programs focus on specific geographic areas and others are available statewide.