All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) today announced Melissa Perlman has been named as Social Worker for the nonprofit agency’s Family Support Center (FSC). She will be responsible for the organization’s consultation and resource services, including linking families with the appropriate benefits, services, and funding sources.
Every year AADD (www.aadd.org) provides support services, advocacy and training to more than 2,000 individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.
The FSC is designed to serve individuals and families living with developmental disabilities in metro Atlanta and across Georgia, offering assistance during difficult life transitions. The Center is initially funded to serve more than 1000 people annually, but the non-profit organization plans to expand its services as funding allows.
Perlman began her career as a social worker for individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities in 2005, after graduation from the University of Georgia School of Social Work. She has extensive experience providing support and counseling to families in both a residential and community setting.
A licensed master of social work, Perlman stresses person-centered services as a way to draw on the strengths and preferences of the individuals being served. She strives to educate and empower families and individuals to construct a meaningful and fulfilling life.
“We’re excited to welcome Melissa Perlman to the AADD team,” said Kathy Keeley, AADD’s executive director. “Her person-centered experience to supporting families with developmental disabilities exemplifies the AADD approach.”
Prior to joining AADD, Perlman was Residential Case Manager for Pinecastle, Inc., an agency that provided residential placements for individuals with developmental disabilities. She also worked as a Support Coordinator in Fulton County for Creative Consulting Services, monitoring services funded through the NOW and COMP waivers. Perlman received her bachelor of science in secondary education from Valdosta State University and her bachelor of social work and master of social work from the University of Georgia.
She lives with her son in the Tucker neighborhood of Atlanta.
About All About Developmental Disabilities
Founded in 1956, All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) is an Atlanta-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing family support, advocacy and training opportunities for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.
Developmental disabilities are defined as severe chronic intellectual and/or physical disabilities that limit three or more critical functional abilities. Examples include Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism disorders, fetal alcohol disorders and intellectual disabilities. These disabilities manifest early in life (before age 22) and last a lifetime.
Georgia relies on a disjointed system of services and support that cannot be sustained long-term. Economic uncertainties are reducing funding support, even as the number of people in need increases. AADD offers a range of services focusing on Family Support, Public Policy and Advocacy and Community Engagement. For more information, go to www.AADD.org or call us at (404) 881-9777.