ATLANTA, GA (Feb. 2, 2012) – Governor Nathan Deal is slated to address an anticipated 2,000 people with disabilities, their families and advocates at the 14th Annual Disability Day at the Capitol on Thursday, February 16 at 11am, sponsored by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (www.GCDD.org). Mark Perriello, president and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and former White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of the Interior, will also speak. Perriello, who has had a visual disability since childhood, has overseen highly successful efforts to elect candidates to office at the federal, state and local level and is largely responsible for driving the Obama Administration’s current level of diversity.
Disability affects one in five Georgians and about 54 million Americans. The Rally, the largest public gathering held each year during Georgia’s General Assembly, is an opportunity for the disability community to communicate important issues and needs to legislators.