One in four Americans has a disability. Individuals with disabilities have less access to health, education, and other important resources. We seek to improve their access by empowering individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and communities, and informing local, state, and federal policy.
The Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) is one of 67 University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) programs in the country funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities through the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.
CLD serves as the activity hub for the Georgia Inclusive Postsecondary Education Consortium, which supports inclusive college opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout nine programs across the state of Georgia.
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
The essentials of IECMH are beautifully explained in this new GEEARS-produced video, featuring Callan Wells and other GEEARS partners such as Georgia Representative Katie Dempsey, and Georgia DECAL Commissioner, Amy Jacobs.
Watch the video to learn about. . .
- The behavioral science and neuroscience behind IECMH.
- The importance of addressing early childhood trauma right after it happens and building capacity for services like caregiver-child therapy.
- The formation of the Georgia Association for Infant Mental Health (GA-AIMH).
- How GEEARS advocacy has substantively impacted Georgia’s IECMH policies.
The goal is to normalize infant and early childhood mental healthcare, making it as valued as pediatric well visits and vision and hearing screenings.
The CLD and the HDI-KY team held listening sessions with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and families throughout the Southeast. We heard from them that resources were a priority to remain healthy and resilient during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. We listened to the community's voices and created the #CopingWithCovid Campaign.
The campaign highlights the barriers to mental health and resilience for people with co-occurring (behavioral health and developmental disability) diagnoses while also lifting concrete, accessible tools and strategies for community members to employ as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.