Perhaps the only thing more difficult than meeting the day-to-day challenges of a developmental disability is sorting through all of the government and non-profit programs intended to provide financial aid for people with development disabilities. Georgia provides a number of programs, and these programs are often supplemented by non-profit programs.
The principal state agency for referral services is the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. The department maintains six regional offices, and each regional office has an intake and evaluation team that determines eligibility for assistance and recommends specific service agencies, depending upon the applicant's needs.
Other state agencies involved in matching disabled people with specific services include Babies Can't Wait, an agency with 18 district offices that assist parents in finding special services for infants and toddlers with developmental issues. The Georgia Department of Education Divisions for Special Education Services and Supports offers aid to local school districts to help them provide services to children with learning issues.
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is a private non-profit organization that provides a central reference and referral resource for all people with developmental disabilities. The GCDD offers several referral programs that provide information for disabled individuals and their care givers. Similar services are provided by the Georgia Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies across the state. This organization and its subsidiary offices can help parents find appropriate day care or after school care for special needs children.
The first step in finding a program that can provide necessary and proper assistance is looking for a program. The internet provides easy access to virtually every program in the state that provides assistance for people who suffer from a developmental disability. In especially complex cases, the assistance of an attorney experienced in evaluating and recommending special needs programs can be invaluable.