The Georgia Department of Education, Division for Special Education Services and Support is a hub of information for Special Needs families. You will find responses to frequently asked questions regarding evaluation/eligibility, development of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), and other areas addressed in accordance with the Georgia Rules for Special Education.
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.Tdistricts.
The Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS) is a network of 17 regional programs that provide training and resources to school system personnel, parents of students with disabilities, and other interested individuals to support the achievement, graduation rate, and post-secondary success of students with disabilities.
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) is a 501c3 charity, based in Stone Mountain, that assists disabled Georgians, and those throughout the United States, to obtain gently used and refurbished medical equipment. The durable medical equipment and services FODAC provides are at significantly discounted prices, and in some instances, free for those who experience financial hardship. Individuals can obtain wheelchairs, assistive technology, shower supplies and lifts. FODAC works with skilled partners throughout Georgia to deliver equipment directly to the homes of its customers, including making home and vehicular modifications, too. FODAC is also a safety net for disabled uninsured individuals, and those on Medicaid waiver wait lists, who are encouraged to seek FODAC's invaluable resources, also. FODAC's equipment and services provide a better quality of life and safety for disabled individuals and their families! To learn more about FODAC and its services, click now https://www.fodac.org/
Many Georgia households with a disabled loved one may be eligible for the Lifeline Assistance Program managed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Beneficiaries may qualify for low cost. or free cell phone or internet service. There are several independent providers that offer these services. Eligibility is determined through the National Verifier Application System. In order to qualify for service, there must be one household member receiving public assistance such as SSI and/or Medicaid, or other benefits. To find out more about the Lifeline Assistance Program, please click below.
Skye Precious Kids is a 501c3 charity offering 3 programs for families needing assistance paying for rent, utilities, medical and educational expenses to support their disabled children. Applicants will have to provide supporting documents to apply.
Short term financial support for rent, utilities, food, gas and other necessities during
times of unemployment due to caring for children or due to transition between jobs;
renovations to homes for handicapped accessibility with items such as stair lifts,
wheelchair lifts, ramping, bathroom accessibility renovations
Medical costs including co-pays, deductibles, medications, durable medical equipment
and supplies, diapers, treatment and therapies as well as skilled nursing and respite
care. Aid with bridging the gap between what Medicaid and private insurance provides
and what sick and disabled children truly need but their parents cannot afford
Support to continue meaningful education while homebound including tutors,
homework assistance, computers and assistive technology, scholarships for special and
Parent to Parent of Georgia (P2P) provides the most comprehensive training and support for families and professional service providers to individuals with disabilities. Its services are 100% FREE, and are offered in person, via phone and webinars to caregivers, medical providers, educators, self advocates and other disability advocates. P2P has regional staff that serve multiple counties throughout Georgia who often host workshops for local caregivers. P2P gives individuals the tools necessary to support those living with disabilities to meet their fullest potential! The organization maintains an invaluable Special Needs database of at least 5,000 service providers that allow individuals to seek whatever services they require, where those services are located and what forms of payment service providers accept, including insurance and Medicaid.
Your loved one's disability could qualify them for Social Security Disability Benefits (SSI). With SSI, the beneficiary would be eligible for Medicaid. There are MANY qualifying factors considered in the review, and approval of an applicant's disability applicatYou may even need to consult with an experienced attorney
For decades, Social Security beneficiaries struggled to obtain financial independence and stability, but couldn't because of restrictive federal regulations that, even exist today, prevents them from having more than $2,000 in resources in a bank account. Under the Achieving A Better Life Experience Act (ABLE),
enacted December 19, 2014, Social Security beneficiaries are now allowed to deposit, save and utilize up to $16,000 a year in an ABLE Account, tax free. As long as beneficiaries are using their ABLE account funds for qualified expenses supporting their basic needs, they can shelter these additional funds in an ABLE account without fear of losing their monthly financial Social Security benefits and Medicaid coverage. Any qualifying individual with an Intellectual/Developmental Disability in Georgia, who is eligible for Social Security benefits, may open an ABLE Account. Please click on the button, to learn more about ABLE Accounts in Georgia.
Barbara Glover is a service provider and parent to a developmentally disabled son. She advocates for families with exceptional adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These adults are typically deemed incapacitated by their county Probate Court. The Probate Court subsequently authorizes Guardians the responsibility of managing the finances and daily living activities of these individuals. Mrs. Glover works with families throughout the State of Georgia to navigate the process of applying for Guardianship of their exceptional loved ones. Petitioning for guardianship of a ward in Georgia can begin as early as 17 1/2 years old. To contact Mrs. Glover:
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
To see what forms and documents are necessary for Probate Court when applying for Guardianship, please visit the Council of Probate Court Judges of Georgia's homepage at: https://georgiacourts.gov/probate/