Join us on November 16th from 4-7 PM for a photography exhibition that showcases the journeys of five individuals moving from long-term care facilities back into the community. Participants were invited to evaluate the Money Follows the Person program* by using an approach called photovoice, which encourages participants to record, reflect, and share their experiences through photography. We are honored to invite the photographers, partners, policymakers, and community members to attend, learn more, and have a rich dialogue about the participants’ experiences. The event will take place in Georgia State University’s Centennial Hall, located at 100 Auburn Ave. N.E. in Atlanta.
 

Money Follows the Person is a national program funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In Georgia, the Department of Community Health administers the program, and the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University has been the program’s evaluator since 2009.

2 thoughts on “Gaining Freedom, Coming Home

  1. When I was growing up(I’m 70 Now) my family was very proactive in all sorts of challenged people. We had always had a couple of mentally challenged people living with us. In those days there were few organizations to help these people find places to rent a room. No one ever left us unless they were going to live with family or friends. One of our guys Ralph, lived with us for over 25 years. All people deserve a home, not a room to rent. We always felt them as family and treated them as normal people, Christmas, Thanks Giving, there Birth Day parties etc. We monitored there work places to make sure the atmosphere was right and treated them as great members of there staff. Everyone we ever had really worked well and were liked at there employment, if there was a problem we would find them a new job. We always had restaurants asking for people, they were great responsible workers. When any one of us kids would come home to see Mom we always went to check up on Ralph and see if he needed anything and spend time with him. We all felt the loss of Ralph when he died, he was family. I’m retired now and have a big house in a upscale neighborhood we renovated, we regularly win yard of the month. We are in a great and safe location with wonderful neighbors in College Park .We were thinking about someone to live with us as I always had as a kid. A friend brought The Arc to our attention. I was aware of your group and get your news letter in email and was trying to get in touch with your organization and found out we are neighbors in East Point . We are interested in talking with someone from your group. Thanks very much.

  2. Have you ever thought about writing up your experiences? UGA has a new archive on disability history, and they might want to preserve a story like this that could otherwise be lost. We aren’t the right people to talk to, necessarily, about living arrangements. We’re advocacy-only in this state, but we would really appreciate your involvement if you want to become part of what we do. We’re just gearing up for the new legislative session, and we need all the help we can get.

    If housing, inclusion, and just treating people with intellectual disabilities like real people are things you want to do with your time, you might also look into some hands-on involvement with L’Arche, an interesting housing model for adults with I/D that may look a lot like what you experienced growing up. Atlanta has a L’Arche house now. It’s in Decatur, and they have some wonderful social gatherings. You can find out more about them here: http://www.larcheatlanta.org/about-us

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