Stacey Ramirez

SRamirez@TheArc.org

Stacey RamirezExecutive Director, The Arc, Georgia Office

I am thrilled to join The Arc team in 2015 as the Director of the Georgia State Office.  I share The Arc’s steadfast belief that every person has gifts and the capacity to exceed the often-arbitrary expectations that our society imposes.  I welcome the opportunity to work with The Arc chapters of Georgia to contribute to the statewide improvement of supports and services for individuals with disabilities and their family members to be productive, engaged members of their communities.

Before joining The Arc team, I was the Director of Individual and Family Supports at the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) at Georgia State University.  There, I increased knowledge and skills in community inclusion, person-centered planning and culturally competent family supports with a particular focus in furthering the civil and human rights of people with intellectual disabilities.

In Georgia, I am a proud supporter of the People First, chair of the local AAIDD chapter, an advisory board member for the Crisis Intervention Team training to educate first responders in interactions with people with MH and I/DD, and a member of the Autism Advisory Council to the Department on Developmental Disabilities for the development of supports and services for adults in services on the autism spectrum.

Outside my career, I am a proud mom of three amazing boys: Rico – 22 y/o, Ryan – 21 y/o, and Rey – 17 y/o.  My middle son has autism and has been the muse for my career.  His strong advocacy for inclusion keeps me on my toes learning more about inclusive education, customized employment and community building.