In July 2015, the U.S. government determined that the GNETS program illegally segregates students with disabilities. The report also stated that this was in violation of Title II of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). GCEE is urging the state of Georgia to transform its separate and unequal educational program serving thousands of children with […]
Individuals with disabilities and their families often live a life of poverty as a result of not being allowed to save even modest amounts of money without fear of losing supports through SSI, Medicaid and other publicly-funded programs. ABLE Programs like Georgia STABLE allow qualified individuals with disabilities to save up to $14,000 a year […]
Talking to our staff, she heard an experienced, compassionate voice that was able to support her and guide her to the help she needed. Please help us reach more families like the Morleys.
The Parent Satisfaction Survey helps the state Department of Education understand parents’ perception of their engagement between the local school and themselves. The 2019 Parent Survey, available in English and Spanish, is open now to all families of students with disabilities in the state. Please make your voice heard and complete the survey today. The […]
The Georgia Department of Education Division for Special Education Services and Supports is currently accepting applications for the State Advisory Panel for Special Education (SAP). The SAP is comprised of parents, persons with disabilities, educators and administrators who are knowledgeable about the education of all children. SAP members provide input and advice into meeting the […]
The 21st Century Cures Act passed by Congress requires states to implement Electronic Visit Verification(EVV) for Medicaid-financed Personal Care Services by January 1, 2019 and Home Health Care Services by January 1, 2023. EVV is a technology (like an online time-sheet) that gathers time, attendance, and other care plan details, and is to be entered […]
Join GCDD on Friday, September 14 at 12:00 PM for the educational webinar, “What Is EVV and Why Should You Care?” GCDD’s Public Policy Director Dawn Alford and the Center for Public Representation’s Director of Advocacy Alison Barkoff will spend the lunch hour explaining new changes to Medicaid-financed personal care services and home health care […]
The Office of the Special Education Programs(OSEP) has required that each State Educational Agency (SEA) develops a State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) that includes a comprehensive, multi-year focus on improving results of students with disabilities. Georgia will implement a systemic plan, “Student Success”, in FY16 to improve graduation outcomes for students with disabilities.
Parents and Advocates filed suit in federal court October 11, 2017. The lawsuit, was filed by parents of children with disabilities, the Georgia Advocacy Office, the Center for Public Representation, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the Arc, DLA Piper LLP and the Goodmark Law Firm. The class action lawsuit, filed in federal court, alleges that the state of Georgia, in […]