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New $2.5 million Sarah Kenan Kennedy Endowment Fund supports AADD

New $2.5 million Sarah Kenan Kennedy Endowment Fund supports AADD

DECATUR, Ga. -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) has announced the establishment of the Sarah Kenan Kennedy Endowment Fund, a new $2.5 million gift to the nonprofit organization. The endowment will fund in perpetuity programs at AADD (www.aadd.org) for those individuals and families that do not have the financial resources to access services provided by AADD. It was created by Sarah’s husband, Jim Kennedy, chairman of Cox Enterprises, in honor of his wife’s volunteering and commitment to the organization.

The endowment is the largest ever gift to AADD, which provides support services, advocacy and training to Georgia families living with developmental disabilities.  Funds from the endowment will support services and programs to families who cannot afford services and do not have state funded waivers to purchase services.  In 2015 it will fund two full-time positions at AADD and help more than 500 families who live independently in the community.

All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) announces schedule of support groups and workshops

All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) announces schedule of support groups and workshops

ATLANTA -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) has announced its February 2014 schedule of events and workshops, an element of its Family Support Center (FSC), located at AADD’s offices in Decatur.

The FSC serves individuals and families living with developmental disabilities in metro Atlanta, offering assistance during difficult life transitions. Support groups are designed for moms, dads, siblings and entire families, providing information to make informed choices that build on their strengths.

“For people living with developmental disabilities, everyday life is full of challenges,” said Kathy Keeley, AADD’s executive director. “There are emotional, physical and financial issues. AADD’s support groups and workshops are designed to assist individuals with different perspectives navigate all of the challenges and obstacles.”

Fulton Commission Chairman honored by Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority

Fulton Commission Chairman honored by Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commission Chairman, District 1, John H. Eaves received the Grady Champion Award during the 2nd Annual “Honoring Healthcare Champions Awards.”

Chairman Eaves was one of eight community leaders, medical professionals and non-profit executives honored by the Hospital Authority for their leadership in efforts to support Grady Hospital and build healthier communities.

The awards dinner followed the 2013 Health Summit, which brought governmental leaders and healthcare professionals together to discuss healthcare issues affecting Fulton and Dekalb counties.

The Healthcare Champions were honored for research, advocacy, donations and inspired leadership.  Standing with Chairman Eaves (center) were Pete Correll (left), Chairman of the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation and Thomas Dortch, Chairman of the Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority Board of Trustees.

The Biggest Loser's DOLVETTE

He calls Atlanta home, Dolvette of NBC's The Biggest Loser, stopped by Conn TV Studios to talk about his new lifestyle book about balance, not diet! You don't want to miss what he says about emotion, details, health and much much more. 

All About Developmental Disabilities taps Cathy Burks and Leigh Honeycutt as new Justice Trainers

All About Developmental Disabilities taps Cathy Burks and Leigh Honeycutt as new Justice Trainers

DECATUR, Ga. -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD), a nonprofit providing support services across Georgia for families living with developmental disabilities, has hired Cathy Burks and Leigh Honeycutt to serve the South Georgia area as Justice Trainers and Transition Support Advocates.

In their new role, they will work with those transitioning out of RoseHaven into community based living residences and they will educate law enforcement officials on how best to deal with individuals with developmental disabilities when they encounter them on emergency or law enforcement calls.

Cathy Burks is an AADD Partners in Policymaking graduate, where she received training on how to be an advocate for her son, who has a developmental disability, and others like him. She has also served with the Governor's Council on Disabilities on the Children’s Freedom Initiative in Washington, D.C.

2 Decatur schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

2 Decatur schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

DECATUR, Ga. -- Two Decatur City schools have been named to Georgia's 2013 SHAPE Honor Roll.

The SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) program was created last year to recognize schools that work hard to combat childhood obesity. It challenges students and teachers to make lifestyle improvements in three key areas: nutrition, wellness and physical activity.

Schools can be honored at three levels: gold, silver and bronze.

Learn more about the SHAPE Honor Roll

Decatur's SHAPE Honor Roll schools include:

Gold
* Decatur HS
* Renfroe MS

Ga. movie theater ads target drugs, underage drinking

Ga. movie theater ads target drugs, underage drinking

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Public service announcements provided by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities that target underage drinking, drugs and alcohol abuse are being shown in AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas across Georgia and in Screenvision Theaters in Columbus.

The ads, which are scheduled to run through June 30, 2014, are part of an initiative led by the department's Division of Addictive Diseases to reduce underage drinking and alcohol-related deaths, according to a statement released by the Georgia agency.

The campaign, referred to as the Alcohol Prevention Project (APP), is funded by a Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment block grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.