December 2015 Patrick, 25, is a thriving young adult who is interested in sports, plays basketball and has a girlfriend. Now, thanks to AADD, he also has a job. Patrick has Autism/Asperger’s syndrome and needed some extra support to help him prepare for and secure employment in his community. His family worked with an AADD […]
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Tips for organizing your paper work 11.18.15 By Yvette Pollard When your child is newly diagnosed, you get TONS of information from organizations and other special needs parents about what classes to take to get informed on all the aspects of raising a child with special needs. But in all of these classes no one tells you about […]
11.11.15 James finds great enjoyment in being of service to others. He demonstrates his motivation and ability to work by performing everyday household duties, all without being prompted. Although having specific responsibilities at home is important and has value, it did not provide James the meaningful experience of having a job in the community. That […]
Happy Halloween As you are out trick-or-treating this year, you may notice homes that have a blue/teal pumpkin by the door. These pumpkins signal that the home offers options for those who cannot have candy but want to be part of the holiday tradition. The blue pumpkins are a symbol of a new nationwide campaign by FARE, Food […]
10.20.15 Last week we celebrated our annual Legacy Breakfast where we debuted this video showcasing the benefits of hiring people with developmental disabilities! Enjoy it and share it so potential employers can discover a new, priceless workforce! People of the heart!
10-19-2015 While October is National Disability Employment Month, at AADD every month is focused on increasing employment options for individuals with developmental disabilities. Our team of employment specialist are working with close to 90 individuals with either job skills training, job creation and on-the-job coaching, with the ultimate goal of obtaining meaningful employment. Some 80 […]
Individuals and families living with disabilities now have expanded options for financial planning. AADD has assumed management and day-to-day operations of the Georgia Community Trust (GCT), a not-for-profit entity that assists with financial planning for Georgians with disabilities. The Georgia Community Trust is a Master Trust with Separate Accounts designed to provide a savings venue for […]
September 16, 2015 With advocating, there is no one way to influence meaningful change. As advocates we want to have as many weapons in our cache as possible. Identifying and getting to know your legislators is just one avenue of advocating and a good first step into advocating for public policy change. So, how do you […]
What is Family Support Outreach? Family Support Outreach is a program that offers lifelong support and case management for individuals with developmental disabilities. AADD serves families in Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Gwinnett, and Rockdale counties. Services include life skills training and resource coordination for families in crisis or needing assistance to live independently in their own homes due […]
The Future: What will it look like for you and your family? You Can Help Shape the Future! Join Us for an Important Discussion. AADD, in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, is organizing five Conversations That Matter events in Athens (10/1), Macon (10/5), Gainesville (10/22), Columbus (10/27), Albany (11/5), and Metro Atlanta […]