NOW Waiver Public Forums

The New Options Waiver Program (NOW) which serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is scheduled for renewal in September 2017 via application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS). The Department of Community Health and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities seek comments from the public on how to enhance this program to meet the changing needs of families and individuals. A series of five public forums will be held to collect comments and suggestions for the New Options Waiver Program (NOW) renewal application. We need input from families, self-advocates, providers, and the general public. Don’t miss this opportunityRead More

Read the latest edition of the “Autism Advocate” magazine

Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, and Looking to the Future. To honor the past, you most know the past​. We begin​ this ​edition with an article on an exciting new book coming out in January, In A Different Key, The Story of Autism, by John Donvan And Caren Zucker. As John and Caren say in the opening of the article, “People forget. And they forget fast.”  If you do not know​ the history of autism and​ the legacy of our organization, this book brings to life all the incredible pioneering work of the greats of the Autism Society. JohnRead More

Autism Society of Georgia Joins Big Give for Autism

For Immediate Release Contact: Ray Johnson, Executive Director Autism Society of Georgia rjohnson@autismsocietyga.org (404) 994-3866 Autism Society of Georgia Joins The Big Give for Autism, a Nationwide Day of Giving to Support Individuals Living with Autism ATLANTA, Georgia (August 24, 2015) – On September 17th, Autism Society of Georgia will join communities across the country for The Big Give for Autism- a 24-hour crowdfunding event celebrating the 50 years of advocacy and leadership by the Autism Society – helping parents and individuals impacted by autism to provide options and opportunities while enabling individuals with autism to maximize their quality of lifeRead More

ADA Anniversary: Removing Obstacles for 25 Years

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which President George H.W. Bush signed into law in 1990, turns 25 on July 26th. Today, most Americans take things such as ramps, wheelchair lifts on city buses or designated parking spaces for granted. Some people might not know that many of these improvements came about directly as a result of this groundbreaking civil rights law. One person who can speak from the heart about the ADA is Tom Ridge, the First U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and current chairman of National Organization on Disability (NOD). Ridge, who has a severe hearing loss fromRead More

Autism Society Georgia Announces New Executive Director

ATLANTA, Georgia (May 15, 2014) – The Autism Society Georgia Affiliate (ASGa), announces the appointment of Ray Johnson as its new Executive Director. Johnson will lead the organization’s rebranding initiative, which includes working with the new board of directors to implement a statewide services strategy and oversee Autism Society Georgia’s operations, programs, fundraising, marketing and volunteer efforts. “Having Ray assume the executive leadership is a critical milestone that we celebrate with state, local and national stakeholders in the autism community.  It reflects the culmination of little over a year-long effort working with those stakeholders to take a hard look at what theRead More

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