In This Issue:

LimelightIn the Limelight

Lisa R. Blanco 

AADD Board President  

Lisa R. Blanco and Family
Lisa R. Blanco, her husband Joseph and children David, Read Elizabeth and Jeb


Lisa R. Blanco became the President of AADD's Board of Directors in July, having been involved with the organization for over six years. She readily admits that how she became involved with AADD is not too exciting.  


"I was working as an attorney at King & Spalding and volunteered for a pro bono project to help revise AADD's charter and bylaws. It doesn't get any drier than that."   


EventsUpcoming Events 


Legacy Breakfast 
October 11, 2012
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Atlanta History Center  

130 West Paces Ferry Road NW Atlanta, GA 30305

Mark your calendar for AADD's Annual Legacy Breakfast. This year's event will feature an exciting and moving program that will be remembered for years to come.  We hope that you will consider attending to learn more about our work in the developmental disabilities community.


If you or your company would like to sponsor this event, please contact Keisha Tennyson at (404) 809-2951.  For information about our Legacy Sponsorship levels, please click here.


Holiday Adopt a Family

October 15 - December 7, 2012

Adopt an AADD family for the holidays! Most of the people served by AADD live in deep, persistent poverty and cannot provide for their families during the holiday season. Please contact Suzie Sloan at (404) 809-2911 to find out how you can provide a special holiday season for some of the amazing families AADD is proud to serve.


Volunteer Orientation

November 7, 2012

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

AADD- 125 Clairemont Avenue, Suite 300, Decatur, GA 30030

You can give the gift of friendship to people of all abilities. If you want to make a difference, we enthusiastically invite you to attend AADD's next volunteer orientation!   


Join us for cookies and punch to learn more about our exciting volunteer opportunities.  RSVP to Suzie Sloan by Tuesday, November 6th. 

Annual Legacy Breakfast CountdownJob


AADD is extremely excited to host our Annual Legacy Breakfast, chaired by Bari and Russell Love. The breakfast takes place next week- October 11, 2012 at the Atlanta History Center. Don't miss this year's exciting and moving program featuring Legacy honorees, Kyle Pease and his parents, Richard and Janis Pease. Kyle is a young man living with cerebral palsy who has touched many lives through his inspirational speaking, work at Publix, triathlon training and "where there's a wheel, there's a way" attitude. To learn more about Kyle's story and many accomplishments, you can visit his website here.


Family Support CenterFamilySupportCenter

Update and News  


We are proud to announce the AADD Family Support Center will officially open on November 1st, 2012. Thanks to a year of hard work by volunteers at the Cathedral of St. Philip and our Board of Directors, we received funds from the 41st Annual Cathedral Antiques Show to directly support the Center. Because of this generous donation, AADD is adding three new services this fall and expanding our current peer support groups and training programs.



Individual and Family SupportIndividual

AADD Men's Group Gets Men Talking  


AADD Men's Group

As you can see, it's hard to keep a straight face when you're hanging out with the AADD Men's Group. This group of nine men started meeting last June in the AADD Family Support Center and get together every fourth Thursday of the month. So far the men's only complaint is that they don't meet often enough. "We'd like to hang out more because we have a good time together, are comfortable with each other and have gotten to know one another well," AADD group participant Demetrius told us.    


Advocacy and EducationAdvocacy    

You're Invited!  Conversations that Matter: Building a Brighter Future After High School      


Conversations that Matter
  • Hear about new statewide initiatives and current priorities. 
  • Receive the most current information on the Georgia Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Consortium.
  • Network with other advocates in the community who care about the future of adult services for people with developmental disabilities.
  • Learn about how you can get connected to statewide advocacy efforts.                                
Volunteer of the QuarterVolunteer
Rosalyn Morris

Rosalyn Morris  

Congratulations to Rosalyn Morris for receiving AADD's Volunteer of the Quarter award. Rosalyn has been working as a volunteer for AADD since November of 2011, volunteering every Tuesday and Thursday.
1956 Leadership SocietyLeadershipSociety     


The 1956 Leadership Society is a new society established to recognize our donors who contribute $1,956 or more in support of AADD's mission and work.  For information on the levels and benefits of the society, please click here.

All About Developmental Disabilities

Atlanta's preeminent resource on developmental disabilities, All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) has been providing support services to families for more than 55 years.  We are often the one place where people with developmental disabilities can go to achieve personal empowerment, family stability and community participation.  AADD employs a family- and community-based approach to helping families with developmental disabilities, because the impact isn't limited to just one individual. Through family support services, public policy and advocacy, and community engagement, AADD empowers families living with developmental disabilities to make informed choices and receive the necessary assistance to support those choices.  For more information, visit

All About Developmental Disabilities

125 Clairemont Avenue Suite 300 / Decatur, Georgia 30030   


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