Tailored toward family members and parents of individuals with developmental disabilities, self-advocates, and local professionals working in the field of developmental disability, Conversations That Matter™ fosters collaboration on issues affecting those with developmental disabilities.
AADD is funded by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to visit five communities in Georgia and host a community-wide discussion on a specific topic related to developmental disabilities. Our topics vary by year; we have discussed post-secondary education, supported employment, and customized employment for those with intellectual disabilities.
At each session, we host from 50 to 100 individuals, legislators, and professionals using a facilitated process to spark collaboration, discussions and new ideas. Local partners provide the meeting space and volunteers to help with registration and publicity.
Participants report that the group discussion, networking and speakers are the most useful and key takeaways include more advocacy and collaboration at the local level.
CONVERSATIONS THAT MATTER™ 2016
DBHDD has decided to not fund AADD any longer for Conversations That Matter™ after 15 years. Our Public Policy Committee of the Board is reviewing our options and creating a new plan for Conversations That Matter ™ in 2016. Stay tuned to learn more.