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The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) will host
its annual Advocacy Days beginning Monday, January 22, 2024, during the 2024 legislative session.
The agency will again host three advocacy days at the Georgia State Capitol and three virtual days
during the legislative session to give Georgia advocates with intellectual and developmental
disabilities (I/DD), family members, partners, and providers an opportunity to meet and speak with
their state representatives about issues important to the disability community in Georgia.
The topics for GCDD’s Advocacy Days 2024 include Inclusive Post Secondary Education (IPSE),
Waivers and Wages, and Advancing Employment First and Ending Subminimum Wage. Each event
will consist of a virtual portion where topics and how best to prepare for advocating at the Gold
Dome are discussed. The second day will consist of an in-person opportunity for advocates to meet
GCDD staff and partners, as well as state representatives at the Georgia State Capitol to advocate for
these topics in person.
“As we eagerly anticipate our 2024 Advocacy Days, GCDD is preparing to passionately champion our
community's needs. We look forward to joining our community in advocating for critical issues such
as securing backing and funding for IPSE scholarships, providing more HCBS waivers and increasing
DSP wages, and ensuring employment in Georgia is inclusive and competitive. Having people join us
under the Gold Dome is the highlight of our year, and we hope to see many of our advocates there
again this session,” said GCDD’s New Public Policy Director Charlotte Densmore.
Below are the 2024 Advocacy Days dates and times:
Inclusive Post Secondary (IPSE) Advocacy Day
January 22nd and 24th, 2024
Georgia has been leading the way in advocating for Inclusive Post Secondary Education (IPSE)
programs. Currently, Georgia has ten schools supporting people with intellectual and other
developmental disabilities (I/DD) to go to school in Georgia. These programs serve as a pipeline for
future skilled and talented candidates with disabilities in Georgia to learn skills and get education
that can help them to enter the workforce and/or live independently after college.
To register for the virtual event on January 22, 2024 at 10:00am.

To register for the in-person event at the Georgia State Capitol on January 24, 2024 at 9:00am, click
Waivers & Wages Day
February 6 - 7, 2024
Georgia’s disability community is in a state of emergency regarding the Medicaid waitlist and wages
for direct support professionals (DSPs). Currently Georgia has a waiting list of over 7,000 people
waiting for HCBS services. These services are critical for the disability community who are
supported by DSPs. DSPs provide essential care, fostering independence and community integration.
Yet, low wages persist as a significant challenge, leading to high turnover rates and impacting the
quality of care. Funding the DBHDD rate study will increase wages for DSPs, recognizing their
invaluable contributions to the well-being of individuals with developmental disabilities.
To register for the virtual event on February 6 , 2024 at 10:00am, click here.
To register for the in person event at the Georgia State Capitol at 9:00am, click here.
Employment Day
February 27 - 28, 2024
Creating inclusive employment opportunities is key to empowering individuals with developmental
disabilities. The next legislative session presents an opportune moment to address two critical
aspects of employment policy: ending subminimum wage practices and implementing ‘State as a
Model Employer.’ The practice of paying individuals with disabilities wages below the established
minimum has been legal for decades. Continuing to pay individuals subminimum wages perpetuates
inequality and hinders progress towards an inclusive workforce. GCDD advocates for policies that
eliminate subminimum wage practices and ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities
receive fair compensation for their work.
To register for the virtual event on February 27, 2024 at 10:00am, click here.
To register for the in person event at the Georgia State Capitol at 9:00am, click here.
State representatives who will participate in Advocacy Days during the 2024 legislative session is to
be determined. State Representatives Sally Harrell, Katie Dempsey, and El-Mahdi Holly have all
participated in previous years during Advocacy Days events. For more information about GCDD’s
Advocacy Days or how to register for an event, click here.
About the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities: The Georgia Council on
Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is the State's leader in advancing public policy on behalf of
persons with developmental disabilities. Its mission is to bring about social and policy changes that
promote opportunities for the wide spectrum of diverse people/persons with developmental
disabilities and their families to live, learn, work, play, and worship in their communities.