The Bigger Picture, Issue 23

Remember our new feature for our blogs: Hide & Speak? (I’ll be hiding a theme phrase that deals with IL and disability in these blog posts. If you spot it, speak about it by leaving it in the comments below and tell us what you think about it! You’ll have to come back to next week’s blog to see if you got it right.)  Did you guess it right two weeks ago? Well, here’s the answer:

Disability in Youth!detective-clipart-detective_clipart

Building on the first week’s topic of Disability Visability, we covered the topic of Disability in Youth two weeks ago in the last installment of Hide & Speak. Disability has no age and no limits by any sorts of demographics. Youth are one of the populations that we proudly serve here at NWGA CIL, assisting them with the transition from life as a youth with a disability to the world of adults with disabilities. Do you know a youth with a disability that may need our services? Have them give us a call!

Read carefully, you may catch the theme phrase for this week! If you do, tell us about it in the comments below!

Group Files Emergency Motion After State Fails to Pay For Disability Services

We have seen countless cases in the last few years of state & federal insurance programs both refusing to and unable to pay for services or equipment for people with disabilities. The recent changes in both Medicare and Medicaid have seen so many problems for both providers and individuals in try to get the services & equipment they need for their everyday lives. Here’s another case of this in Illinois, click here to read more.


Students With Disabilities Allegedly Handcuffed As Punishment

You may have read or heard this story (or some similar) lately, and it’s certainly an upsetting one. This particular story involved Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner and the handcuffing of an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl while working as a school resource officer in Covington, Ky. You can read more here, and there are several other examples of this type of incident happening in schools all across the country.


Parent 2 Parent of Georgia’s Resource Database

One of the best resources we have here at NWGA CIL is Parent 2 Parent of Georgia’s online & searchable resource/provider database. With a wide variety of search parameters, their database can help anyone find resources for a variety of needs, especially in terms of developmental disabilities. Click here to utilize their database!


Georgia Council on Development Disabilities


Statewide Public Forums

Participate in the development of the next GCDD 5-year strategic plan by completing our online survey now and attending a local public forum scheduled through the end of September.

Your feedback, comments and suggestions will be used to better define community expectations regarding our programs, services and activities. The online survey includes a series of multiple choice questions and opportunities to submit more detailed information. It should take no longer than 10 – 12 minutes to complete.

See the survey and register for a forum at:

Join GCDD at their public forum event on August 31 in Dalton, 6-8pm

Eastbrook Middle School, 1382 Eastbrook Dr SE, Dalton GA 30721

More dates and locations can be viewed through the above link.

Did you spot it, this week’s Hide & Speak topic? If so, tell us in the comments below! See you next time!

One thought on “The Bigger Picture, Issue 23

  1. Youth and young adults need more support as they transition from school to “the real world”. Handcuffing children is not the way to teach them anything.

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