A Leader in Georgia

Since our founding in 1956 as a grassroots group of concerned parents, AADD has been on the forefront of issues facing those with developmental disabilities. Today, there is still much work to be done. Now more than ever, our advocacy is of vital importance. With your help, we can broaden our advocacy efforts and touch even more lives.

Make your Voice Heard

You can help us advocate to change the social stigma and increase supports for individuals living with developmental disabilities.  We are always seeking to strengthen our number of advocates across the state so we can better affect policy change.  We regularly send out action alerts, host people at the Capitol, and have policy strategy calls to determine what we can do to make a difference.

Advocacy is simply the process of influencing people to create change!

  • Public Policy & Legislative Agenda

    We influence public policy and in doing so, develops and promotes an annual Legislative Agenda, hosts key legislative breakfasts or “Kitchen Table Conversations,” hosts webinars, and lobbies at the capitol to get the issues in front of legislators.


  • Learn more about Advocacy

    AADD trains and supports advocates throughout the state to work for change on behalf of people with developmental disabilities.

  • Conversations That Matter

    Our team visits cities across Georgia to host community-wide discussions on specific topics related to developmental disabilities.



  • Partners In Policymaking

    AADD selects 35 individuals annually to participate in a two-weekend training program on how to become an effective advocate for individual services, for community integration and for legislative action. More than 600 individuals have graduated from this training.

  • Able to Vote

    Legislation directly affects the lives of persons with disabilities and their families, so it is important to have the voices of disability advocates heard at the polls. AADD initiates an “Able to Vote” campaign to encourage people to get out to the polls during election periods.


Current Advocacy Opportunities

Access our calendar of advocacy events and opportunities by clicking the icon or title above.

Join us at the capitol to meet your representatives and support our legislative agenda.