UNLOCK! Coalition Membership

The UNLOCK! campaign advocates with Georgians with disabilities so they and their families can live full lives and contribute to Georgia's communities and economy. We believe Georgia must rebalance its system of long-term services and supports so that fewer dollars are spent on institutional care and more dollars are invested into Home and Community Based Supports.


Individuals with disabilities should have the opportunity to live full, self-determined lives. This means they should have the chance:

...to be employed
  • in regular workplaces – not only in settings with only workers with disabilities
  • earning the same wages as people without disabilities for the same job
  • with access to supported or customized employment services
...to have a real home
  • in apartments or houses in a community that they’ve chosen
  •  with the opportunity to live in communities that are inclusive of residents with and without disabilities
  • with the opportunity for ownership or control of the lease
  • alone or with others that they’ve chosen
  • where they decide who visits and when
  • without the threat of losing that home if they didn’t comply with a treatment plan
...to be engaged in their communities with family and friends
  • who understand and appreciate their gifts and contributions
  • with access to an array of educational and leisure pursuits
  • able to go to locations and activities that they’ve chosen
...to have control over how they spend their time
  • with adequate information so that they make informed choices from meaningful options
  • with a schedule of daily activities based on their personal priorities, interests, and contributions
  • choosing when and what to eat and how to spend their time
…to make their own choices like anyone else
  • choosing where to live, who to marry, how to vote, and exercising all other legal rights as an adult
  • making their own decisions regarding medical treatment
  • receiving assistance through Supported Decision Making –desired support and advice from family and friends – rather than having others make their decisions through guardianship
  • because over-reliance on formal systems of substituted decision-making like guardianship can hinder or prevent inclusion, self-determination and community integration.

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* 1. I strongly agree to support, practice, and help implement the UNLOCK! Principles

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* 2. Please provide the following information to be listed as an UNLOCK! Coalition partner: