Statesboro forum to focus on disability needs, services

By Dal Cannady - bio | email

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities will host a public forum Thursday in Statesboro to hear from people about services already available to those with disabilities and discuss ideas of programs that could be created, enhanced or improved.

"We want to hear from people about what's happening in the state budget, what's happening for people waiting on a list for home and community based services and what are some of the transportation issues affecting people as well," explained GCDD executive director Eric Jacobson.

The meeting will be held Thursday, October 14 at 5:30pm in the SpringHill Suites Conference Center on Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Topics will include the Real Communities initiative, the Unlock The Waiting List! Campaign, transportation issues, education and employment. Eric E. Jacobson also announced Wednesday that GCDD has received a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

"Just last week we received a major grant that will help us enrich family support for the Real Communities initiative." Jacobson said. "The $250,000 per year potentially for five years will be key to building welcoming communities in places like Statesboro and throughout Georgia."

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