About

About

 

Who We Are

As an office of The Arc of the United States, The Arc Georgia supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) over the arc of their lifetime. Since 1952, The Arc Georgia has served individuals and their families through our locally affiliated chapters across the state. The Arc Georgia works to develop programs and advocate for public policy giving people with I/DD the opportunity to learn, live, and work inclusively in their communities.

 

Mission Statement

The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. Learn more about The Arc’s Core Values

 

 

Our Staff

Stacey Ramirez

State Director

 

Stacey Ramirez has over 20 years of advocacy experience in the disability community. She is passionate about public policy that enhances civil rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and has developed a strong person-centered vision for The Arc Georgia and the programs provided by the organization.

 

Prior to coming to The Arc Georgia, Stacey Ramirez served as the Director of Individual and Family Supports at the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University. She has partnered with numerous disability organizations and groups in Georgia including People First, the local AAIDD chapter, and the Crisis Intervention Team. Stacey is currently a board member for AAIDD, Georgia’s Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE), and disABILITY LINK.

 

In 2009, she was appointed by Governor Deal to the Olmstead Planning Committee, which was critical in moving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities out of institutions and back into their communities. In addition, Stacey is a graduate of Partners in Policymaking.

 

Most importantly, Stacey is the proud mother of three young men, one of whom has autism.

 

 

Alyssa Lee

Director of Policy and Special Programs

 

Alyssa Lee, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist with expertise in providing services to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. From her clinical work with families, Dr. Lee has become aware of the challenges people with disabilities and their families experience while attempting to receive equitable supports and services in their communities. She began her advocacy work as a trainee in Indiana’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program where she engaged in state- and federal-level policy advocacy.

 

Prior to joining The Arc Georgia, Dr. Lee completed a postdoctoral health policy fellowship at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Lee’s work focused on the social determinants of health for people with disabilities and policy solutions to advance and ultimately achieve health equity in the disability community.