The Center for Leadership in Disability relies on a multidisciplinary partnership to promote the types of relationships and environments that help individuals be healthy and productive citizens. Large-scale social change comes from better cross-sector coordination rather than from the isolated intervention of individual organizations. Collective initiatives from across the nation demonstrate substantially greater progress is made in alleviating many of our most serious and complex social problems when nonprofits, governments, universities and the public work together, uniting their efforts around a shared purpose and common agenda.
Donna Johnson, MHS
Adult Disability Medical Healthcare
The mission of the Adult Disability Medical Healthcare provides comprehensive, coordinated, person-centered healthcare for teens and adults with developmental disabilities.
The Arc of Georgia
The Arc of Georgia advocates for the rights and full community participation of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Its goals are to improve systems of support and services, connect families, inspire communities and influence public policy to benefit individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Atlanta Autism Consortium (AAC)
The Atlanta Autism Consortium is an informal group of Atlanta-based researchers created to promote collaboration and information-sharing about research related to autism in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Researchers represent a variety of organizations and agencies, including Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State, Emory University, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Marcus Autism Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The AAC meets about once a month and locations rotate among the various members’ locations. At the meetings, representatives from the hosting agency provide overviews of research projects in progress and solicit feedback, input and networking suggestions. The group has been very active in providing guidance for the strategic plan being developed for the new Marcus Autism Center.
CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities target strives to advance the health and well-being of the nation’s most vulnerable populations. Although our efforts are broad and far-reaching, we have identified four critical center-level thematic areas: 1) Saving babies through birth defects prevention and research; 2) Helping children live to the fullest by understanding developmental disabilities; 3) Protecting people by preventing the complications of blood disorders; 4) Improving the health of people living with disabilities.
DisABILITY LINK is an organization led by and for people with disabilities and promotes choice and full participation in community life. It is a grassroots, peer-led, non-medical organization that: 1) Advocates for human rights, not special rights; 2) Values the inherent worth of each individual, all of whom deserve dignity and respect; 3) Promotes the inclusion and recognition of the talents and abilities of all individuals; 4) Supports self-determination and choice.
Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta (DSAA)
The DSAA educates stakeholders, unites our community and builds bridges between worlds so individuals with Down syndrome and their families are connected to opportunities for an amazing life.
At the center of the Frazer Center’s philosophy is our commitment to inclusion. While there are therapeutic elements to our work, our greatest commitment is to fostering the kinds of learning and social opportunities with adults and children that build sustaining friendships, deepen an appreciation for diversity and recognize the gifts and talents of every individual in ways that celebrate those characteristics as essential to the vitality of the larger community.
Georgia Advocacy Office (GAO)
The Georgia Advocacy Office is a private non-profit corporation. Our mission is to work with and for oppressed and vulnerable individuals in Georgia who are labeled as disabled or mentally ill to secure their protection and advocacy. GAO’s work is mandated by Congress, and GAO has been designated by Georgia as the agency to implement protection and advocacy within the state.
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is the state’s leader in advancing public policy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to promote public policy that creates an integrated community life for persons with developmental disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and all who support them. We achieve this mission by sharing information, coordinating public outreach and implementing strategic legislative advocacy.
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides treatment and support services to people with mental health challenges and substance-use disorders, and assists individuals who live with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Bright from the Start: Department of Early Care and Learning is responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia’s children and their families. It administers the nationally recognized Georgia’s pre-kindergarten program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care, administers Georgia’s Childcare and Parent Services program, federal nutrition programs and manages Quality Rated, Georgia’s community-powered child care rating system.
The department also houses the Head Start State Collaboration Office, distributes federal funding to enhance the quality and availability of child care and works with Georgia child care resource and referral agencies and organizations throughout the state to enhance early care and education.
Georgia Department of Education
The Georgia Department of Education governs public education in Georgia. The department manages funding and testing for local educational agencies accountable for student achievement.
Georgia Department of Public Health
The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency in preventing disease, injury and disability, promoting health and well-being, and preparing for and responding to disasters from a health perspective.
Georgia Sibling Connection
Georgia Sibling Connection promotes a broad network of siblings who share the experience of disability and people concerned with sibling issues by connecting them to social, emotional, governmental and provisional supports across the lifespan, enabling them to be effective advocates with their brother and sister, and to serve as change agents for themselves and their families
Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency operates five integrated and interdependent programs that share a primary goal – to help people with disabilities to become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment.
Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD)
Through the University of Georgia's College of Family & Consumer Sciences, IHDD applies the vast resources, research and scholarship of the university on behalf of people with disabilities. Future leaders in all disciplines can be certified in disability issues through IHDD. Nationally known faculty and staff support local, regional, state, national and international efforts. The IHDD works with people who have disabilities and others to ensure all people can achieve their highest capacity and quality of life.
The mission of L’Arche is to make known the gifts of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships, to respond the changing needs of our members while being faithful to the core values of our founding story and to engage in our diverse cultures, working together towards a more humane society.
Parent to Parent of Georgia
Parent to Parent of Georgia provides support and information to parents of children with disabilities. Parent to Parent of Georgia also serves as the state’s Parent Training and Information Center with the goal of significantly improving the ability of Georgia families to access education, advocacy and community supports and essential resources that meet their children’s needs.
The Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) is composed of 16 regional educational service agencies in service districts throughout Georgia. The agencies were established to share services to improve the effectiveness of the educational programs of member school systems. The RESAs assist the State Department of Education in promoting its initiatives. They inform systems of innovation and gather research on programs as needed.
Spectrum Autism Support Group was established in 1998 to provide support, education and resources for individuals and families affected by autism.
Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
The Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia, Inc. (or, "The SILC") is a private nonprofit corporation governed by people with all types of disabilities from all across the state. The SILC identifies societal barriers to independent living and collaborates with Centers for Independent Living, Rehabilitation Services and other related entities to remove those barriers and increase the supports and services needed to create independent living opportunities.
Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning (CRADL)
CRADL is an interdisciplinary center founded in 1998 that stimulates basic and applied research and facilitates educational and outreach efforts related to atypical development and learning. CRADL consists of faculty members who represent a broad span of academic orientations, including developmental, clinical and educational psychology, neuropsychology, special education and speech-language pathology. CRADL and its faculty coordinate and support scholarly efforts that focus on gaining a fuller understanding of atypical development and learning processes from birth through adolescence. Each semester CRADL hosts informal talks during the lunch hour in which faculty, students and the public can listen to presentations on a range of research projects and community resources.
Center for School Safety, School Climate and Classroom Management
The Center for School Safety, School Climate and Classroom Management is an interdisciplinary research center that promotes basic and applied research and facilitates educational and outreach efforts. The center consists of faculty members representing a broad span of academic orientations, including education, psychology, law, social work, criminal justice, nursing and policy development.
Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma, and Resilience
The Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma and Resilience facilitates multidisciplinary approaches to produce compelling models for understanding and coping with stress.
Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Community Health and Preventive Medicine diagnoses health problems at the community level and works with the community to develop a treatment plan.
Access & Accommodations Center (Disability Services at Georgia State)
The Access & Accommodations Center provides resources for students with permanent disabilities. Disability Services’ vision is to create an accessible community where people are assessed on their ability, not their disability. Disability Services strives to provide individuals with the tools by which they can accomplish their educational and career goals. The number one priority is providing equal access to students with disabilities.
Disability Services collaborates with administrators, faculty and staff to ensure reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities are provided. Disability Services offers the appropriate auxiliary aids and services to assist otherwise qualified persons in achieving access to its programs, services and facilities.
Georgia Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health
The Georgia Health Policy Center, established in 1995, provides evidence-based research, program development and policy guidance to improve health status at the community level.
The center conducts, analyzes and disseminates qualitative and quantitative findings to connect decision-makers with the objective research and guidance needed to make informed decisions about health policy and programs.
Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC)
The GHPC of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies provides qualitative and quantitative research findings to decision-makers at the state and national level. GHPC staff examine issues in the health field such as child health and well-being, community and public health, community health system development, long-term care, public and private insurance coverage and other areas of research. The mission of the GHPC is to improve health status at the community level through the devotion to values, including adherence to commitments, continuous learning, effective communication, genuine personal relationships, innovation, integrity and service.
Health Law Partnership (HeLP)
HeLP is an interagency – with representatives from the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Georgia State College of Law – and interdisciplinary group – with lawyers, physicians, nurses, psychologists and others. HeLP has the overarching goal of improving the health and wellbeing of low-income children in Georgia. They seek to accomplish this through educating healthcare providers and low-income families, advocating for legislation to improve access to healthcare and demonstrating the importance of interdisciplinary team efforts for other communities.
Partnership for Urban Health Research (PUHR)
PUHR seeks to understand how the urban environment affects the health and well-being of people who live and work in the metropolitan Atlanta area. We focus our efforts on populations that bear a disproportionate burden of illness and disease using an interdisciplinary approach to research. In partnership with surrounding communities, we create and disseminate knowledge that is both meaningful and beneficial to the communities that participate in the process.
Other University Centers
Carl Vincent Institute of Government
We promote excellence in government through education, assistance, research and policy analysis to help public officials serve citizens in Georgia and around the world.
Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI)
CIDI is recognized as a leader for services and research in accessibility. We are dedicated to an inclusive society through innovations in assistive and universally designed technologies, with the goal of addressing the full range of needs for accessibility. We are committed to the promotion of technological innovation and development of user-centered research, products and services for individuals with disabilities.
Centers of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice
Emory University is one of 13 Centers of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration. The Center of Excellence is housed within the Women’s and Children’s Center, and is a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership Collaborative with Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health MCH Certificate Program, Morehouse School of Medicine’s Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Georgia State's Center for Leadership in Disabilities GaLEND Program. Its mission is to support Maternal and Child Health education, science and practice,
Emory Autism Center
The Emory Autism Center is part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine and the Emory Brain Health Center.
The program opened in 1991 as a public, private and university collaboration. Our aim has always focused on producing and using knowledge, strategies and tools to improve the quality of life for each person served while increasing the capacity for support within local communities across Georgia. We also provide instructive guidance to family members, training to educators and professionals interested in learning how to better support children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and engaging learning experiences to those in the community who wish to simply create an inclusive society where one’s strengths are valued.
Emory Center for Injury Control (CIC)
CIC is an interdisciplinary and collaborative research center with participation by faculty from Emory, Georgia State, the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech as well as public agencies, private organizations and community stakeholders affected by injury and violence. The center’s core and affiliate faculty are widely recognized for work on a variety of topics, including prevention of intimate partner violence, evaluation of programs to prevent child abuse and youth violence, and reduction of motor vehicle injuries by reducing impaired driving and promoting use of protective helmets and safety belts. They are engaged in international efforts to promote cost-effective injury surveillance systems and sustainable prehospital trauma care systems worldwide. CIC was designated an official “Collaborating Center” for injury control, violence prevention and emergency health services by the Pan American and World Health organizations in 1995.
Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD)
Through the University of Georgia's College of Family & Consumer Sciences, IHDD applies the vast resources, research and scholarship of the university on behalf of people with disabilities. Future leaders in all disciplines can be certified in disability issues through IHDD. Nationally known faculty and staff support local, regional, state, national and international efforts.
Marcus Autism Center
The Marcus Autism Center is a not-for-profit organization and subsidiary of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta that treats more than 5,500 children with autism and related disorders a year.
As one of the largest autism centers in the U.S. and one of five National Institutes of Health Autism Centers of Excellence, Marcus Autism Center offers families access to the latest research, comprehensive evaluations and intensive behavior treatments. With the help of research grants, community support and government funding, Marcus Autism Center aims to maximize the potential of children with autism and transform the nature of autism for future generations.
National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC)
The mission of the NCCC is to increase the capacity of healthcare and mental healthcare programs to design, implement and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity and persistent disparities.
Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI)
The Satcher Health Leadership Institute develops a diverse group of exceptional health leaders, advances and supports comprehensive health system strategies and promotes policies and practices that will reduce and eliminate disparities in health.
Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy and engaging with students, professionals and families.
Tools for Life
Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology Act Program, is dedicated to increasing access to and acquisition of assistive technology devices and services for Georgians of all ages and disabilities so they can live, learn, work and play independently and with greater freedom in communities of their choice.
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
The CLD is a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). AUCD is a national network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice through research, education, leadership and services for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families and communities.
Administration for Community Living
The Administration for Community Living's Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) is the U.S. Government organization responsible for the implementation of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, known as the DD Act. ADD, its staff and programs, are part of the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Health Resources & Services Administration - Maternal and Child Health Bureau
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau administers programs, supports research and invests in workforce training to ensure the health and well-being of mothers, children and families across their lives. In partnership with states and communities, the bureau supports health care and public health services for an estimated 60 million people nationwide.