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Photos Shine Light on Need for Medical Waivers

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February 23, 2015- "Photos Shine Light on Need for Medical Waivers"- In Georgia, there are 98,000 people with developmental disabilities and 7,400 on a waiting list for a waiver. Despite this, last year the state legislature approved money for only 400 new waivers. This year, the Georgia Counsel for Developmental Disabilites will ask for funding to support 1,000 waivers and an increase in funds for supported employment for the 1,300 young adults aging out of high school protections this spring. To help spread awareness and gain support, advocates launched the "Real Stories, Real People" online photo essay site about individuals living with developmental disabilities. Beate Sass, a photographer and launcher of the site, plans to create a traveling exhibit and publication to be given to lawmakers in hopes it will inspire them to grant the much needed funding.