Linda BodoAtlanta, GA (February 21, 2013)—Delmarva Foundation’s Georgia Quality Management System (GQMS) team—a Georgia–based, national leader in person-centered care for people with intellectual and Disabilities and Aging—participated in the 15th Annual Georgia Disability Day at the Capitol. The event was attended by more than 2,000 self-advocates, friends and family members who gathered at the Capitol steps to hear speakers including: Governor Nathan Deal; Commissioner Frank Berry of the Department of Behavioral Health and Disabilities and Aging; and Executive Director Greg Schmieg of the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.

Governor Deal expressed his desire to continue supporting networking efforts across state agencies concerning inclusion for those transitioning from state hospitals into the community. He announced efforts to reduce the waiting list while ensuring people receive services based upon their assessed needs. He also praised the Academy for Inclusive Learning at Kennesaw State for their dedication to support secondary education efforts and expressed his desire to expand similar opportunities across Georgia.

The Delmarva Foundation GQMS team provided attendees a variety of resources based upon six focus outcomes: health, safety, choice, rights, community life, and person-centered practices. Delmarva Foundation’s efforts help make the Georgia Disability Day at the Capitol a success. The Georgia Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Aging—the event sponsor—expressed gratitude to Delmarva Foundation for providing plenty of resources to support improving the lives of individuals diagnosed with intellectual and Disabilities and Aging.

Goveror Deal and DFMC banner

Governor Nathan Deal greets self-advocates, families, and friends on the capitol steps, opening the 15th Annual Georgia Developmental Disability Day at the Capitol event. Delmarva Foundation was one of the proud sponsors and provided important information to attendees.