January 25-28, 2015
Georgia Winter Institute (GWI) brings together people from all walks of life to learn more about building communities that include and engage all citizens. GWI strives to build more inclusive post-secondary options and faith communities, create greater employment and financial independence opportunities, and promote futures planning and healthier lifestyles. In attendance are people with disabilities, their families, and supporters; representatives of state agencies, services providers, advocacy groups, faith communities, business leaders, and civic organizations. Participants learn best practices in leadership, how to work with key stakeholders to build and sustain inclusive communities, and ways to support lives well lived for people who have too often been marginalized.
What Will I Learn at GWI 2015?
GWI focuses on topics that are integral in achieving communities that are fully inclusive to all of its citizens.
These strands are:
Community Building- The benefits of community building make towns greater by creating stronger neighborhoods and more active and involved populations of people with disabilities. These relationships empower and create opportunities for members of communities who are often marginalized and forgotten.
Health and Well-being- The topic of healthcare is a key issue in most communities. For people living with disabilities and their families the navigation of new health laws and coverage are even more complex. GWI 2015’s Wellbeing strand will offer participants information on medical and mental supports in addition living healthy lifestyles.
Employment/Financial Independence- This conference strand promotes job carving, career exploration and microenterprises. The gifts and abilities of people in our communities are varied and they often require an entrepreneurial spirit to translate into career possibilities. The financial education and security of people is vital to every community. GWI 2015 will hold sessions on viable and sustainable options for all people to have successful financial futures.
Inclusive Faith Communities - For many people with disabilities and their families, faith communities can be a powerful source of natural community support and connection, as well as a doorway to other important outcomes in the areas of relationships, work, community living, recreation, and service.
Futures Planning - Person-centered planning is a process that empowers people with and without disabilities to know that the possibilities of their goals can become realities of their future. The process uses people’s gifts and talents to put them in charge of defining the direction for their lives. This focus ultimately leads to greater inclusion as valued members of their communities.
Who Will I See at GWI 2015?
GWI is honored to have leaders in building inclusive communities of all types in attendance. They are but are not limited to...
GWI 2014 brought together more than 150 people who attended sessions on housing, post-secondary education opportunities, community supports, business opportunities, and employment for people with disabilities. We look forward to welcoming over 175 participants to GWI 2015. In attendance will be representatives of state agencies, services providers, advocacy groups, faith communities, business leaders, and civic organizations. We also have strong roots in the community of people with disabilities, their families, and supporters.