To inform the public and build support for funding to enable persons with developmental disabilities to lead meaningful and productive lives.


Real Stories, Real People was created to educate the public and policymakers about the value of investing in the future of their fellow Georgians living with a developmental disability. Persons living with a developmental disability have dreams of furthering their education, getting a job, living independently and creating lasting friendships, but support through a Medicaid Waiver is often needed to fulfill these dreams. Real Stories, Real People provides intimate portrayals of lives well lived as a result of resources provided by a Medicaid Waiver and lives lacking meaning or challenged by severe hardships due to inadequate support. These stories will be disseminated across various platforms including this website, social media, blogging and a publication.  I hope you will be moved by these stories and join me in advocating for funding the investment in the lives of Georgians living with a developmental disability

There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more
— Robert M. Hensel