At GRACE, we are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in Georgia. We advocate for policies on the state and local level that enhance equality and create opportunity. Learn more about our initiatives and join us in making Georgia a more inclusive, equitable, and accessible place to call home.
Georgia has a growing DeafBlind population, and our state does not have a sustainable support system to help them thrive. DeafBlind individuals are struggling to live and participate in their community safely and effectively because they face incredible challenges in navigating their environment. These self-supporting individuals do not qualify for existing services, such as those available through Vocational Rehabilitation. They must rely on untrained and unreliable volunteers, family members, and friends.
Georgia must alleviate this serious access issue by funding Access Provider (also referred to as Support Service Provider or Co-Navigator) services. This specially trained personnel conveys environmental information and verbal and non-verbal interactions while working with DeafBlind individuals, so they can complete daily living and civic activities.
GRACE is partnering with several organizations to advance this legislation because, with the right support in place, deafblind individuals can live fulfilling lives.