October 3, 2011
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When I worked at Robins Air Force Base, I recall a two-star general at a meeting I attended stating something that has stayed with me all these years: 66 percent of the cadets at the academies (when they were all male) were Eagle Scouts. Since my brother had a friend who was an Eagle Scout and attended the Air Force Academy, the general’s words had a special impact with me.
Albany ARC and South Georgia Easter Seals are widely known agencies working for the betterment of persons with disabilities. They have made their presence known in Southwest Georgia for more than 50 years, and have improved the quality of life for so many of their clients. Thus, it is heartening to see that these two agencies also have a sizeable percent of individuals in their employ who have disabilities.
The sign in the YMCA parking lot reading "Congratulations Nicole Fye -- Zone Champion" piqued my interest as I turned off Gillionville Road into the parking lot of that facility one early August day. Being somewhat familiar with the youth swim team there, I was wondering if I read the words correctly and, if so, what the story could be.
On June 11, Albany Advocacy Resource Center (ARC) held its annual membership meeting at the Knights of Columbus. AARC, as it is sometimes referred to, is the most comprehensive non-profit agency in Georgia working for the betterment of persons with disabilities. It has 14 programs which serve this population, as well as their families and self-advocates, all in a cost-effective manner.
In late summer, the annual Making A Difference appreciation ceremony of the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities took place. This event, which honors individuals whose work has improved the lives of persons with developmental disabilities in some way, was held at the Melia Hotel in downtown Atlanta. Included among the group of award winners were two young individuals from this region.