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Georgia - Where to Find Developmental Disability Assistance in Georgia

State Developmental Disability Resources for Georgia


Updated October 30, 2011

If you or your child have a developmental disability, this list of essential resources available in your state can help. These essential contacts offer the most commonly needed services for developmental disabilities can provide you with referrals to other appropriate services as well. If you have difficulty contacting any of these resources, please feel free to email me at: learningdisabilities@aboutguide.com.

1. Department of Education - Special Education - Ages 3 - 21

States' departments of education oversee disability education services to children. It monitors school districts for compliance with IDEA and state special education regulations. The Department of Education handles formal complaints, due process hearings, and mediation on special education issues.

Division for Exceptional Students
Georgia Department of Education

1870 Twin Towers East
Atlanta, GA 30334-9048
Telephone: (404)656-3963
Toll Free: (850)245-0475

2. Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities

Services to children with disabilities include instruction, speech, physical, and occupational therapies.

Birth - 2:
Babies Can't Wait
Div. of Public Health
2 Peachtree Street, 11.217
Atlanta, GA 30303-3186
Telephone: (404) 657-2726
Toll Free: (888) 651-8224
Website: Infant - Toddler Intervention Program

Birth through 5:
Bright from the Start
Georgia Depart. of Early Care / Learning
10 Park Place South
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: (404) 656-5957

Ages 3 - 6
Young Children Consultant, 619 Coordinator
Division for Exceptional Students
Georgia Department of Education
1870 Twin Towers East
Atlanta, GA 30334-5060
Telephone: (404)657-9965

3. State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

Vocational rehabilitation services help people with disabilities live more independent lives by providing education, support, and services to assist them with becoming employed. The department works with middle schools, high schools, and higher education to help students with disabilities access appropriate supports for employment and independence such as job coaching, teaching skills, support in job placement, assistive and adaptive supports, and more.

State VR Coordinator for Transition and Mental Health Services
Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Georgia Department of Labor
1700 Century Circle, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30345-3020
Telephone: (404)486-6364
Toll Free: (800)451-4327
Website: Vocational Rehabilitation

4. Mental Health Services Agency

State mental health agencies provide services to individuals and families dealing with mental illness, mental retardation, and substance abuse. Services include advocacy, nursing home screening, psychiatric services, intervention, coordination of treatment, case management, and more.

Division of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases
Department of Children and Families

Department of Human Resources
2 Peachtree Street, N.W., 22.224
Atlanta, GA 30303-3142
Telephone: (404) 657-2260
Website: Georgia State Mental Health Agency

5. Disability Advocacy Services

Protection and advocacy offices offer information and referrals relating to disability issues, a resource database for self-advocacy, education and training in disability rights, and individual case advocacy.

The Georgia Advocacy Office
150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 430
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 801
Decatur, GA 30030
Telephone: (404) 885-1234 (V/TTY)
Toll Free: (800) 537-2329 (in Georgia only)
Website: Advocacy Office

Client Assistance Program
Georgia Client Assistance Program
123 N. McDonough Street
Decatur, GA 30030
800) 822-9727 (in GA only)
(404) 373-2040 (V/TTY)

6. Programs for People with Developmental Disabilities

Office of Developmental Disabilities
Division of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases
Department of Human Resources
2 Peachtree Street, N.W., 22.108
Atlanta, GA 30303-3142
(404) 463-8037

Councils on Developmental Disabilities
Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
2 Peachtree Street, N.W., 26th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-3142
(888) 275-4233
(404) 657-2126

7. Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Office of Children with Special Needs
Department of Human Resources
Division of Public Health
Family Health Branch
2 Peachtree Street, N.W., 11-227
Atlanta, GA 30303
(888) 651-8224
(404) 657-2726

State CHIP Program
(health care for low-income uninsured children)
PeachCare for Kids
P.O. Box 2583
Atlanta, GA 30301-2583
(877) 427-3224

Special Health Care Needs
Family Voices of Georgia
2460 LeHaven Drive
Tucker, GA 30084
(770) 256-2988

8. Programs and Services for the Deaf and Deaf-Blind

Telecommunications Relay Services for Individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or with Speech Impairments
(800) 255-0135 (Voice)
(800) 255-0056 (TTY); 711 (TTY)
(800) 229-5746 (Voice)
(866) 260-9470 (Voice - Spanish)

Programs for Children and Youth who are Deaf-Blind
Georgia Sensory Assistance Project
Georgia State University
Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education (EPSE)
P.O. Box 3979
Atlanta, GA 30302-3979
(800) 597-2356 (V/TTY)
(404) 413-8316

9. Regional Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Center

Burton Blatt Institute
Syracuse University
1419 Mayson Street
Atlanta, GA 30324
(800) 949-4232 (V/TTY)
(404) 541-9001

10. Technology-Related Assistance

Georgia Department of Labor
Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Tools for Life, Georgia Assistive Technology Act Program
1700 Century Circle, Suite 300
Atlanta GA 30345
(800) 497-8665
(404) 638-0390
(404) 486-6333 (TTY)

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