Founded in 1951 and incorporated in 1956, AADD is one of the longest running agencies serving individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families in Georgia. What began as a school created by parents of children living with intellectual/developmental disabilities was transformed in the late 1960s when education legislation mandated programs for special needs students (1968) and our organization launched Project RESCUE as part of the Model Cities Program in Atlanta (1969). With the launch of Project RESCUE, our organization became one of the first to provide Outreach Services to families living in poverty with a loved one diagnosed with an intellectual/developmental disability. Outreach Services remains one of AADD’s core program areas, continuing our long-standing tradition of service to low-income individuals and families living with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Our mission and programs have evolved over the last 60 years to meet changing needs and community expectations. However, our commitment has always been to empower families to address the unique needs of their loved ones. By serving the family as a whole, we have the greatest opportunity to help individuals living with intellectual/developmental disabilities maximize resources to live meaningful, inclusive and fulfilling lives in their community.