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Innovative Solutions For Disadvantage And Disability Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: Creating healthier outcomes for vulnerable children and families.

Target demographics: vulnerable children and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 500 children, mothers and grandparents.

Geographic areas served: the Greater Atlanta Metro Area

Programs: Project GRANDD (Grandparents Raising And Nurturing Dependents with Disabilities) supports and strengthens grandfamilies to ensure that they are successful and that children remain out of the foster care system. Healthcare Without Walls provides pediatric well-care and maternal health literacy training to families that have experienced homelessness and other instabilities.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Martha M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Martha Miller when I started with this program I was Raising 5 children one has seizures I thought I could not deal with this problem coming to the meetings taught me how to deal with the situation taught me how idid not have tostress did not haveto panic i can not do with out my meeting and miss Laura keeps use will inform of our needs because now iam 4 grandchildren so iam blessed

Jay A.4

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an awesome organization that lends assistance to a population that is ofen underserved and in need of support. ISDD provides resources as well as education to families that are often overlooked.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ISDD has been helping my granddaughter and I over the last 4 years. ISDD has helped us with communication, educational needs from the 8th- 11th grade, tutorials, and referrals for special activities. The support groups is AWESOME!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I always get a lot of information to help my adoptive son become a better citizen. ISDD has been helping my family for about 1 year and I have learned a tremendous amount. The fellowship with the other grandparents allows me to gain insight on how others deal with their situations. I am grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the last 6 years the program has been amazing with helping me find different resources for my great niece with 3 major disabilities. They have also help me find resources for myself such as food and material assistance. The resource list is so long. I would like to thank Laura was consistently providing me with great resources throughout my community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has been apart of the program for the last 6 years. This program has helped me understand what is going on in my grandson's life mentally, physically, and educationally. The support groups also help me understand I am not alone.

Client Served

Rating: 4

This has been one of the most amazing experiences in my life. I am truly grateful to be apart of a program that helps me raise my great grandson. The parenting course has helped me most to understand my 14 year old great grandson.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am raising my 9 year old great granddaughter. She was in need of clothing because she is growing and ISDD was able to connect us with the proper resources. When my great granddaughter was in need of uniform tops, we were provided with a resource. I did not have to buy any school related items this year. The case manager also informed me of the Fresh 4 Less program therefore I can bring more fresh produce in my home. The Second Time Around Parenting courses on Fridays are fantastic, eye opening, and much needed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ISDD has been a blessing for about 9 years for myself and family. They have helped me with my great niece and nephew. All the resources they have provided were helpful and much needed. This program has been wonderful for me. I love the support groups because I get to meet others who are going through similar things. This has been the greatest thing that has happened to relatives and grandparents raising non biological children. I am very thankful.

Cindy A. S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great, Fantastic, Good help. I really appreciate it. I am raising 4 adopted daughters between ages 13-21 at the age of 77. It is a daily struggle. This program has provided so much help. (Blackwood Family)

Maria P.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a much needed resource! I previously lived in another county and did not have a resource like this in that county so am very happy to now be able to participate.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I been a member of Projet Grand over 10 years, Im Raising 6 of mu Grandkids 3 with Special needs. This group have help me tremendously, When I have issues with IEP they step right in and give you all the Information you may need and they attend they IEP Meetings as well. Our Support Group gives me hope that not only am I along with raising my grandkids that have special needs we all come together and support each other. They give us excellent Advice anytime they can't help us you best believe they dirrect us to who can. I really don't think I could have gotten this far without Project Grand. Pam Battle

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a grandparent who had to raise a grandchild with disabilities. When my grandson was an infant, both of his parents walked out on him and I had to step in and save him. I took him in a raised him as my own. I had no idea what it was like to raise a child who had developmental disabilities. I had no experience in what to do to help him. I thought I was all alone.

I soon learned about Project GRANDD and began going to meetings. That is when I learned that I was not alone and that there were others out there in the community just like me. Raising their grandchildren because of the neglect of the children’s parents. Through Project GRANDD, I meet other grandparents who were facing the same challenges as myself. They too had children with disabilities. It gave us all a place to vent, voice our concerns, and ask questions and network with one another. After that I began sharing my testimony with other grandparents and invited them to meetings.

Project GRANDD was a solid foundation and support system for me and my grandson by helping promote a stable healthy supportive environment both at home and at school. Project GRANDD taught me how to acquire and substantive IEP for my grandson to help him through his struggles in school. It taught me how to conduct myself during IEP meetings as well as how to deal with the school staff.

Project GRANDD has always been there for us. They always made sure that during tuff times and holidays we had everything we needed and that always brought joy and a smile to my grandson’s face. Because of my new-found knowledge and skills that I gained from Project GRANDD my grandson is a high school graduate and has began his first semester in college as a child with disabilities. I am truly grateful for Project GRANDD.

Warm regards,
A Grandparent

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ISDD staff are so dedicated to the populations that they serve. It was a pleasure volunteering with them. I highly recommend their services and staff.