Georgia Inclusive Post-secondary Education Consortium Awards Implementation Grants (GA UCEDD/LEND)

October 28, 2013

The Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) in collaboration with the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is pleased to announce the recipients its Inclusive Post-secondary Education Implementation Grants through their project the Georgia Inclusive Post-secondary Education Consortium.  The University of Georgia's Fanning Institute and Columbus State University have been awarded $30,000 each to plan and launch inclusive post-secondary education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

These universities were chosen for their demonstrated capacity in planning, providing and evaluating inclusive environments, adult learning, and participant-direction.  These universities also have proven knowledge of formal and informal supports and services for adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Both universities have ten months to plan and prepare for implementation of these programs.

Eric Jacobson, Executive Director of GCDD stated, "The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is very excited that two universities have expressed interest in developing post secondary initiatives.  We know that college is often the place where people decide on careers and the next phases of their life.  We believe the same is true for students with developmental disabilities and these programs will join Kennesaw State University in offering opportunities for students to pursue their dreams.

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The Georgia Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Consortium seeks to create opportunities for students who have historically not had access to post-secondary educational opportunities.  Members of the Consortium are committed to providing information and training resources for individuals, families, colleges & universities, and agencies to achieve the goal of inclusive PSE opportunities for all.

The Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services across the country.  Since 2008, it has been housed within the Center for Healthy Development, part of the School of Public Health at Georgia State. Its mission is to translate research into sustainable community practices that contribute to independent, self-determined, inclusive, and productive lives for people with disabilities and their families.





Susanna Miller

Center for Leadership in Disability


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