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  • Resources in Georgia for Physically Disabled Persons

    Van Products serves physically disabled customers throughout the state of Georgia. Our team of professionals know what it is like to go through buying a new vehicle - especially one that is outfitted for a wheelchair or scooter.

    As one of the leaders in buying or purchasing a handicap wheelchair van in Georgia, we are equally proud to offer additional resources for physically disabled persons and their families. Read below.

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    Resources in Georgia for Physically Disabled Persons

    Below, we've compiled a list of information related to physical disabilities and getting around the area. For additional information on handicap vans in Georgia or to

    Georgia Department of Community Health’s (DCH) Division of Medical Assistance’s Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE)

    What They Do:

    • a State Plan enhanced primary care case management program serving beneficiaries with chronic health conditions, including people with disabilities and frail elderly, to improve their health outcomes by linking primary medical care with home and community-based services.

    Contact Info:

    2 Peachtree Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 657-7211 website


    Georgia Department of Human Services’ Division of Aging Services (DAS)

    What They Do:

    • Administers a statewide system of services for senior citizens, their families and caregivers through the Area Agencies on Aging.
    • Services include: care coordination, chore services, emergency response system, friendly visiting, alternative living services, home modification and repair & more.

    Contact Info:

    Two Peachtree Street, NW Suite 9385 Atlanta, GA 30303-3142 (404) 657-5258 Toll-free: 1-866-55-AGING or 1-866-552-4464 website


    Georgia Department of Labor’s Rehabilitation Services

    What They Do:

    • Strives to help people with disabilities become productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment.

    Contact Info:

    Suite 510 Sussex Place 148 Andrew Young International Boulevard, NE Atlanta, GA 30303-1751 (404) 232-3910 website


    FOCUS

    What They Do:

    • Offers comfort, hope, and fun to families with children who are medically fragile or have significant developmental or physical disabilities through a variety of programs.

    Contact Info:

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    BlazeSports America (U.S. Disabled Athletes Fund)

    What They Do:

    • Provides all children and adults with physical disabilities the chance to play sports and live healthy, active lives.

    Contact Info:

    280 Interstate North Circle Suite 450 Atlanta, Georgia 30339 Phone 1: 770-850-8199 Fax: 770-850-8179 Email: blazesports@blazesports.com website


    Fun Facts About Georgia

    Finally, we're including some fun and interesting facts about Georgia.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    • Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River.
    • Georgia has 159 counties, more than any other state east of the Mississippi.
    • Georgia is known as the Peach State, but it's also the country's top producer of pecans, peanuts, and vidalia onions.
    • The Georgia Colony was the last of the 13 original colonies to be established.
    • The Georgia Colony was named after King George II of England.
    • Wesleyan College in Macon was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women.

    Contact Van Products Today!

    For additional information about buying or purchasing a wheelchair van in Georgia, contact Van Products at:

    (800) 209-6133 (919) 238-4597

  • Childhood Disability Resource Guide: A Mother's Response to Rett Syndrome

    When her 18 month old daughter was diagnosed with Rett Sydrome, Sharon Lutz devoted herself to researching the disorder and searching for resources that could help.

    “I wanted to do everything I could to understand the disorder, which was then completely new to me, and to find out what help was available to our family,” Lutz told the Messenger-Gazette.

    Frustrated by the lack of information available, she worked to establish the Somerset County Childhood Disability Coalition in Somerset, N.J. Working with representatives from several local organizations, the group developed a Childhood Disability Resource Guide. The guide offers an extensive list of local disability rights and self advocacy information as well as support groups, transition services, education programs, and camps and recreational events.

    “Children with disabilities can reach their full potential with early intervention and programs designed especially for them. Discovering what is available and then navigating the myriad of services to find the right one can be very difficult for most parents.” said Patricia Walsh, Deputy Director of the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

    The much needed resource was the spotlight last week during “Disability Awareness Day” last week at a Sommerset ballpark. The day featured an awards ceremony where Legislatures awarded plaques to individuals, schools and organizations within the special needs community. Between innings, there was an exciting wheelchair race around the bases. Sharing the new resource with the community raised public awareness.

    We are pleased to see organizations are enhancing access to information and resources for parents and other family members caring for children with special needs.

    Does your area have a resource guide like this?

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