Other Leadership Opportunities
Georgia’s SICC advises and assists the Department of Community Health, Division of Public Health and other agencies responsible for serving infants and toddlers, birth to age three with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. Members are appointed by the Governor and include families, service providers, lawmakers, and agency representatives. Contact Babies Can’t Wait at 404-657-4855 to find out when applications will be accepted.
GCDD, formerly the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, collaborates with Georgia families, public and private advocacy organizations and policymakers to positively influence public policies that enhance the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Council members are appointed by the Governor and expected to open doors to their own communities while learning about local, state, and federal issues impacting people with developmental disabilities and their families. Advisory members are not appointed by the Governor but are valuable in understanding the needs and issues in Georgia. After serving a two-year term, advisory members can be recommended to the Governor to serve as full Council members as openings become available.
The State Advisory Panel for Special Education (SAP) advises and assists the Georgia Department of Education in the development of state improvement plans, state grants, and other initiatives affecting the education of all children with disabilities in Georgia’s schools. Apply to join the SAP if you want to work with others to provide improved educational opportunities for children with disabilities throughout the state. Members include parents, educators, and agency representatives. Applications for membership are available each Spring.
The Georgia Division of Developmental Disabilities Health & Human Rights Council is an advisory group that works to ensure the protection of health and human rights of persons with developmental disabilities. The group, which meets quarterly, determines rights violations related to individual rights, psychotropic medication usage (in excess of five per individual), and participation in experimental research. The Division conducts ongoing recruitment for individuals, community stakeholders, and family members.