Laws and regulations provide guidance and clarification about what is and is not acceptable when providing supports to individuals with disabilities. A number of Federal laws address accessibility and protect the rights of persons with disabilities. These laws cover access to a wide range of facilities and services, including housing, transportation, employment, telecommunications and voting. Knowing one's rights under the laws, or complying with their requirements, typically means getting the right information from the proper source.
Sometimes you can do it alone; sometimes you need guidance and expertise in order to get the job done right. Filing your child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan is a process that may require professional assistance. When advocating for your child, do your research and get support from a professional or a friend.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta continues to be involved in advocating for families and individuals with disabilities. There is always representation of disability issues in their lobbying efforts.
There are also a few other places in Georgia that can help you with this.
- Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
- Georgia Advocacy Office
- All About Developmental Disabilities and their Partners in Policymaking training
- ChildKind serves child from 0-18
- Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership