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Georgia Voices That Count

Samuel Mitchell, Glen Friedman, Vici Decker, Lizzie Meadows and Rosie O’Neill participate in the MiCASSA Rally in Washington D.C.  September, 2003

Annette Dotson is all grins at the housewarming party for her first apartment.  Shown with Annette is her mother, Maybelle Dotson and Harriet Harris.  Lithonia, GA.  April, 2004

David Mapp participates in the Parade of States at the National Self-Advocacy Conference.  Anaheim, CA.  May, 2004

Norma Asheber assists Edgar Timmons in making donation to People PAC.  July, 2001

Past and present members of GVTC participate in the Long Road Home March and Freedom Rally.  Pictured are marchers gathered at the cemetery at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville GA., the starting point for the march.  June, 2004

John Munzenmier and Jim Derr conduct a discussion on change entitled, “Who Moved My Cheese?”  October, 2001

The Voices of 2004 enjoy Jekyll Island.  October, 2003

Margo Waters, Norman & Joann Watson, Sylvia  & William Hart and Michael Ramey tour the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta.  April, 2003

Mark Gasaway and Sign Language Interpreter at State Capitol Ceremony.   July, 2001

Teri Travis, Glen Friedman & Mary Bradley put their advocacy skills to work in Griffin, GA.  August, 2001

Eligibility / Participants / Apply

Developed and led by people with disabilities, “Georgia Voices that Count” (VTC) is a disability rights advocacy training and support project for people with disabilities. It is designed for Georgians with an interest and commitment to disability rights advocacy and who have not previously received formal advocacy training. The focus is on Self-Determination in employment and community living. Self-Determination means, “making our dreams happen by having choices and control over our lives” (People First of Georgia, 1997). The goal of this project is to build strong leaders in the disability rights community who can work for changes in our communities, in our state and in our nation.

Who is Eligible?

The criteria for selection:

What does the program consist of?


Participants are required to be present at four training sessions and to undertake “homework” between sessions. Each participant will undertake their own advocacy project, with a focus on either employment or community living, developing a plan of action with immediate, short-term and long-term goals. Immediate goals are to be met within the project period of one year. Participants are asked to provide mentorship to other people with disabilities by supporting at least one other self-advocate to participate in an advocacy activity.

Participants are asked to:


The training and support is provided by people with disabilities, established leaders and others associated with the following organizations:

Georgia Voices that Count can offer you:

How do I apply?


Applications may be downloaded here.
Voices That Count Application
Or you may contact us to request a hardcopy or alternate format application.


View the Georgia Voices That Count PowerPoint presentation! - You can view the presentation online by clicking here *may slow down some older computers* or by downloading directly by clicking here.

Note: You will need to have PowerPoint or the PowerPoint Viewer installed in order to view the downloaded file.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Linda Pogue, Project Coordinator, x114
email: GreenPogue@aol.com


755 Commerce Drive, Suite 105
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 687-8890 Voice
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(800) 239-2507 (V/TTY)
(404) 687-8298 FAX
Email: info@disabilitylink.org