The Georgia DD Council’s work in creating inclusive communities or Real Communities as they call their program has served as an inspiration for our collective work in civic and community engagement though every DD Council’s project should be unique and appropriate to the local area.
In Georgia, they began with a community garden project that brought together members of an immigrant farming community with area people with I/DD over some seeds and a plot of land. The result was more than just a productive garden. More importantly the activity increased understanding by the immigrant community of the capacity of people with I/DD to be active members of their society, improved self-esteem in those with I/DD as they saw the fruits of their labors, a joint-venture at a local farmer’s market that showed the community how these varied people worked together and the distribution by the I/DD community of fresh produce to elderly local residents who rely on food assistance.
To learn more about the Georgia DD Council Real Communities program, click here.