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New Press Release:

The Arc Welcomes New Leader in Georgia

Washington, DC – The Arc welcomes Stacey Ramirez as the new State Director, The Arc Georgia. Ms. Ramirez brings more than 15 years of experience as an advocate and trainer in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities to her new role in working with chapters of The Arc across Georgia.

"Chapters of The Arc have always been strong in Georgia, connecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to the resources necessary for an inclusive life. Stacey will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to help facilitate a robust connection across these chapters, and to the national network of The Arc, and we are thrilled to welcome her in this new role," said Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc of the United States.

As State Director for The Arc Georgia, Ramirez will work with a growing, vibrant and effective movement of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and the professionals and organizations that serve them. She will work closely with both the local chapters in Georgia and the national office of The Arc to advocate at the state level, and support the national public policy goals of The Arc. As a leader of a state office, Ramirez will be supported by The Arc of the United States’ staff as she rebuilds a statewide presence for The Arc in Georgia. This process will be driven by the needs of the local chapters of The Arc in Georgia, and Ramirez’s top priority is to help those chapters thrive and connect them to the larger disability advocacy movement in the state.

"I'm excited about this opportunity to work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and the chapters that serve them. I hope to be at the forefront of the movement to make all Georgians aware of the contributions made by people with intellectual or developmental disabilities to our society and our lives," said Ramirez on her vision for the organization.

Ramirez comes to her new position with The Arc from the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) at Georgia State University. Ramirez served as the Director of Individual and Family Supports and focused her efforts on community inclusion, cultural competence, family support, person-centered planning, and human rights. Ramirez played a major role in establishing CLD as a highly respected center that serves as a bridge from university to community, bringing evidence-based practices to everyday lives. She is the mother of three boys and her advocacy identity began as a parent mentor in the Cobb County School District and Human Rights Coordinator.

Ramirez also provides training to law enforcement personnel on autism and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. She is currently a board member of the Crisis Intervention Team with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, chair of the Georgia Futures Facilitators, and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Olmstead Planning Committee.

The Arc advocates for and serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. The Arc has a network of nearly 700 chapters across the country – 18 of which are in Georgia. The Arc works to protect human rights of people with I/DD and supports full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes and without regard to diagnosis.

Editor’s Note: The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.

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The Arc of Georgia is a non-profit membership organization committed to all people with developmental disabilities, and will work to develop programs, funding and public policy that will assist them in realizing their goals of learning, living, working, worshiping and playing in the community.

Affiliated with the Arc of the United States, The Arc of Georgia is also committed to self-advocates and families with people who have a developmental disability and will work to ensure they receive the respect to which all people are entitled. We will work to develop programs, funding and public policy that will help support families who have loved ones with developmental disabilities. In addition, The Arc of Georgia is committed to reducing the incidence of developmental disabilities and creating public awareness.

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