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Dottie Adams Papers

Dottie Adams Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dottie Adams Papers
Creator: Adams, Dottie
Inclusive Dates: 1968-2009
Bulk Dates: 1985-2005
Language(s): English
Extent: 7 box(es) (6.75 linear feet) and 1 oversize folder
Collection Number: RBRL362
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Dottie Adams is the former Individual and Family Supports Director for the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. Her papers document her prolific career in advocacy and disability activism and include materials from her work with state agencies and commissions, support organizations, and philanthropic and activist work in the state of Georgia.

Collection Description

Historical Note

Dottie Adams began her career in the late 1970s and has worked as a mental health care advocate and for support organizations for over thirty years. Her career spanned many different roles as an advocate, mentor, and direct support professional. She has helped run group homes, provided education and training to other support groups, and directly helped individuals and families navigate service systems. In the 1980s, Adams was an early advocate for an important new development in support services- that of person-centered planning and family supports, which focused on providing services to people based on their individual needs instead of what institutional or system services provided. Dottie Adams helped create new programs like the Early Intervention Babies Can't Wait initiative that focused on early screening and diagnostic testing for infants. She helped found Georgia Options and was tapped to help the state close Rivers Crossing, an Athens institutional home in 1996. In 2002, Adams moved to the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities to work full time as the Director of Individual and Family Supports.

Scope and Content

The Dottie Adams Papers relate to her work as a mental health care advocate and document her work with many support organizations in Georgia and nationally. Her papers include correspondence, reports, newsletters, resource guides, training manuals, articles, project proposals, and committee materials related to disability advocacy and professional work.

Organization and Arrangement

The papers are arranged into four series: Series I. Work Files, Series II. Conferences, Series III. Resource Guides and Manuals, and Series IV. Professional Literature.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred citation

Dottie Adams Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

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Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Angelica Marini, 2016.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

People with disabilities -- Care -- Planning.
People with disabilities -- Care -- United States.
People with disabilities -- Deinstitutionalization -- United States -- History.
People with disabilities -- Georgia.
People with disabilities -- Services for.
People with disabilities -- Social conditions.

Related Collections in this Repository

Georgia Disability History Archive

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series I. Work Files, 1985-2009

3 box(es) (2.5 linear feet)
Series I. Work Files contain materials from 1985 to 2009 related to Dottie Adams work as a support professional and with state committees and organizations. The work files include meeting reports, minutes, correspondence, project proposals, and grant materials related to advocacy and support systems. Materials are arranged chronologically.
11Greene County Fund Raising, 1985
12Presentation: Promoting Dignity, Respect, & Independence, undated
13Accolades, 1987
14Search Conference Special Options for Kids, circa 1989
15Macon Retreat, 1989
16L'Arche, circa 1985
17[Miscellaneous Materials], 1988-1992
18Travel Grant Georgia Advocacy Office, 1990
19[Community Resource Council of North East Georgia, Inc.- Outreach Applications], 1990
110[Georgia Options- Department of Human Resources Contract], 1992
111[Provider Fair and Georgia Options], 1992-1995
112[Georgia Options in Community Living- Pilot Project Proposal], 1994
113[The Story of Georgia Options], 1993
114CSLA [ Community Supported Living Arrangement], 1991-1994
115[A Checklist for Evaluating Personal Assistance Service Programs], 1992
116Residential Staff Retreat, 1993
117[Mental Retardation Strategic Planning Committee], 1994
118[Possibilities for People with Disabilities in the Community Conference], 1994
119[Children Are Our Future- Grant Proposal], circa 1994
120[Rivers Crossing], 1994
121[Rivers Crossing Closure Materials], 1994-1995
122Agenda for Person-Centered Planning Training, 1994 September 14
123[Person-centered Planning background Information Forms], 1994-1995
124[Think Tank- The State of the Art], 1995
125[Medicaid Independent Care Waiver Services Program], 1995
126[Steps to Self-Determination], 1996
127[Georgia University Affiliated Programs- Community Advisory Group, 1996
128[Brook Run], 1997
129Community Building in the Lives of People with Disabilities, 1997
130[Autism Task Force], 1996-1997
131[Georgia Regional Autism Support Projects, Inc.], 1997
132[Region 3 MR (Mental Retardation) Task Force], 1997-1998
133MR (Mental Retardation) Meeting, 1997
134Multi Disabilities, 1994
135Self Directed Teams, 1997
136Respite Overheads, circa 1997
137Peach State Partners Proposal, 1992
138Personal Support, undated
139Training Material, 1997
140Self-Determination, 1996-1997
141Robert Wood Johnson, circa 1997
142[1997 Griffith Autism Advocacy Award], 1997
143[Miscellaneous Materials], 1997-1998
144[Community Service Board], 1998
145[Rivers Crossing- Miscellaneous], 1998
146[Miscellaneous Brochures], undated
147[Loose Photographs], undated
148[Planning Service Systems- Handwritten Notes], undated
149[Grantsmanship Manual], undated
21[Journal], 1997
22[AAMR (American Association of Mental Retardation), 1997
23[Planning Accessible Conferences], 2000
24[Miscellaneous], 2000
25Family Ed Day, 2001
26[Organizational Quality Improvement Workshop], 2001
27Olmstead Planning Committee [Project Charter], 2001 March 27
28[Waiver Programs], 2001
29[Merged Waiver Meetings], 2001 December- 2002 January
210[Miscellaneous], 2001
211[Waiver Programs and Community Supports], 2002
212[Family Support Grant], 2002
213[Bryan County Family Support Project Grant], 2002
214[Family Support Grant Project- Bryan and Effingham County], 2002
215[Photograph of Judith Snow], 2002
216[Miscellaneous], 2002
OS "The Centrality of Disciplined Imagination" by John O'Brien [laminated collage], 2002
217[Advocacy and Information Committee], 2003
218[Star Choices Reflection], 2003
219[State of Georgia Olmstead Strategic Plan], 2003
220Final Phase of 21 and Under Transition Project, 2003
221[Miscellaneous Meetings and Reports], 2003
OS [Self-Determination Illustrated Flow-chart], circa 2003
222ISP [Individual Service Plans] Training, 2004 November 10
223Employment, 2004 July
224ECCS [Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems] Final Report, 2004
225[Georgia's Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems], 2004-2007
226[Georgia's Family Support Efforts], 2004 May 13
227[Our Essential Family Plan], 2004
228[Aging and Developmental Disabilities], 2004
229[Putting Lives Together- Community Fair], 2004 September 25
230[Participatory Evaluation and Parent Engagement Institute], 2004
231[Faith Communities], 2004
232[Supports Intensity Scale], 2004
233[Georgia independence Plus Initiative Stakeholder Meeting], 2004 August
234[Community Developers of Georgia Association conference], 2004 September 1-3
235[Miscellaneous], 2004
236[Georgia parent leadership Coalition], 2005
237[Children's Freedom Initiative Group], 2005
238Staff Retreat- Developmental Disabilities Council, May 24-25, 2005
239Planning Process DD [Developmental Disabilities] Council, October 21, 2005
240[Self-Determination and Family Support Workgroups Minutes], 2005 October
241GCDD [Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities] Quarterly Council Meeting, 2005 October
242[Making a Difference Executive Tour], 2005
243[Tumblebus Packet], 2005
244[Understanding Work Style Differences- Myers Briggs for Dottie Adams], 2005
31[Miscellaneous], 2005
32[Discovery Day], 2006
33DD [Developmental Disabilities] Section Meeting, 2007 March 9
34[Parent Leadership Coalition Meetings], 2007
35[Parent Leadership Coalition Team Training], 2007 March
36[Miscellaneous], 2007-2009
37[Family Support Program], undated
38[Person Centered Planning], undated
39["A Brief Explanation of Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, & SSDI" Presentation], undated
310[Support Plans and Questionnaires], undated
311[The Katie Beckett Waiver], undated
312Georgia Independence Plus Initiative, undated
313Tools for Life Options Using Assistive Technology, undated
314[Miscellaneous], undated

Series II. Conferences and Training Groups, 1987-2009

2 box(es) (1 linear foot)
Series II. Conferences and Training Groups contains materials dated from 1987 to 2009 related to conferences, training groups, and workshops that Dottie Adams attended or helped organize in the state. Materials are arranged chronologically.
315Framework for Accomplishment: A Workshop for People Developing Better Services, 1987
316Present and Participating: Enhancing the Quality of Life, 1990 April 18-20
317Southeast Regional Tash Conference, 1991 June 13-15
318Georgia's Second Conference on Supported Employment, 1992 November 4-6
319["Can We Talk? A Conference"], 1994
320Choices for the Future: Provider Development in Georgia, 1995 June 1-2
321[Developmental Disabilities Programs in Georgia- Joint Meeting], 1996
322Inclusion Conference, 1996
323Human Investment Center, 1997
324[Autism: What Everyone Should Know" 1997, 1997
325The University Affiliated Program for Persons with Developmental Disabilities [Community Advisory Group], 1997 September
326Better All Together IV, 1998 February 22-24
327CDAG (Center Director's Association of Georgia) 2000 "Summer Issues Forum", 2000
328CDAG (Center Director's Association of Georgia) 2001 "Continuing the Dialogue", 2001
329[Visions of Family Support- Statewide Conference], 2001 June 10-12
330Georgia Advisory Council- Tour of Central State Hospital, 2002
331Training for Texas Implementation of Medication Algorithms, 2001 February
332[Georgia Department of Education- Parent Mentor Workshop], 2002
333Partnership for Excellence, 2003
334Family Support: Delivering on the Promise, 2003 March 7
335Family Support America Conference, 2004
336[Parent Leadership Coalition], 2004
337[Better All Together Conferences], 2004, 2006
338[Making a Difference Discovery Tour], 2004 September
339Race to a New Tomorrow- national Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, 2004 October 3-5
340[Unifying Family Support Programs], 2005
341[Framing the Future- Family Connection Conference], 2005
342Family Support: Today & Tomorrow's Children, 2005
343Family Day Conference, 2005 February 17
344Family Support Services, 2005 November 30
41Consumer-Directed Natural Support Enhancement and Self-determination Training, 2005 December 6
42Consumer-Directed Natural Support Enhancement and Self-determination Training [Day 3 Agenda], 2005
43[Break the Cycle- Institute for the Study of Disadvantage and Disability], 2005
44Children's Freedom Initiative, 2005 April 25-26
45Alliance for Full Participation Summit 2005 [program and packet], 2005
46Babies Can't Wait- State Interagency Coordinating Council Meeting, 2005 April 28
47Babies Can't Wait Stakeholder Meeting, 2005 June 20
48Babies Can't Wait Stakeholder Meeting, 2005 October 25-26
49-10Babies Can't Wait- State Interagency Coordinating Council Meeting, 2005 October 27
411Babies Can't Wait- Focused Monitoring Steering Committee, 2006 December 7
412Babies Can't Wait Core Work Group Meeting, 2007 March 12-13
413Georgia Association on Young Children 41st Annual Conference, October 12-13, 2007
414AAIDD [American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities- Local Arrangements Committee], 2007
415Bridging the Gap- A mini-conference, 2007 August 28
416[Georgia's Independence Plus Initiative Community Focus Group], 2007 January 29
417The ABCD of an Inclusive Society: A Guide to Social Inclusion, 2009 June 2-3

Series III. Resource Guides and Manuals, 1968-2005

2 box(es) (1.5 linear feet)
Series III. Resource Guides and Manuals contains materials dated from 1968 to 2005. It includes guides and manuals from national, state, and local agencies related to Adams' work as a professional support provider. Materials are arranged chronologically.
418Physical Activities for the Mentally Retarded (ideas for instruction), 1968
419-20Behavioral Inventory and Training Plan, undated
421Northeast Georgia Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program Employee Handbook, 1978 September
422Normalization Training Through PASS 3 Coordinator's Handbook, 1983
423-24PASS 3 field manuals (2), 1975
425Learning About Normalization through PASS 3, January 1980
426Adult Programming Level III, 1980
427Task Analysis Training Manual, 1980
428Normalization Training through PASS 3, 1985 July
429[Glynn County Schools- Community Based Supported Work], circa 1983
430Recruitment of Foster Homes, 1980
431The Parents' Handbook, 1982
432Nurturing Program for Parents and Children Manual, 1983
433Human Development Instructor's Manual, 1985
434Human Development Trainee Manual, 1985
51Adaptable Housing [manual], 1987
52Attachment A: Standards for Community Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services, 1990
53Framework: Program Description, 1991
54"Framework for Accomplishment" Personal Profile, 1991
55[PATH- A Workbook for Planning Positive Possible Futures], undated
56Talking About Alcohol and Drugs, 1993
57[Institute on Human Development and Disability Training Pamphlets], undated
58[Inclusive Youth Development- A Guide for Promoting Positive Growth Through Inclusion of Youth with Disabilities, Dottie Adams], undated
59Children w/ Special Health Care Needs - Georgia State Team, 1995 February 7
510The Kate Beckett Waiver, 1995 November 15
511Health Information Recording System, 1996
512The Resource Guide for People with Disabilities and Their Families in Georgia, 1999 December
513"Need Good Employees?" and other guides/manuals, 2000
514Family, Support, Self-Determination and Disability Participant's Manual, 2001
515"Parent Involvement" Guidebook, 2001
516"Parent Involvement" Activity Book, 2001
517Person Centered Planning Training Curriculum, 2001 November
518Family Support, Self-Determination and Disability Teacher's Manual, 2001
519-20Globe Star Quality of Life Manual, 2002
521Autism: Reaching for a Brighter Future, circa 2002
522Family Support in Georgia- The Ins and Outs, The Ups and Downs [coauthored by Dottie Adams], circa 2002
523[Policy Briefing Book- An Overview of Policy Issues Affecting People with Disabilities and Their Families, Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities], 2003
524A Road Map for Facilitating Collaborative Teams, 2003
525Georgia's Autism Speaks Spectrum Resource Guide, 2003 October
526Welcome! Creating Welcoming Places Workbook, 2004
527Orientation Manual for Navigator Teams, 2005

Series IV. Professional Literature, 1978-2009

2 box(es) (1.75 linear feet)
Series IV. Professional Literature contains state reports, agency reports, project proposals, professional papers and articles related to disability advocacy and support systems that date from 1978 to 2009. This series is arranged in two subseries. Subseries A. Georgia Reports and Publications contains materials related to Georgia agencies and organizations and includes reports and papers co-authored by Dottie Adams. Subseries B. contains reports and publications from other states or national organizations. Materials in the series are arranged chronologically.

Subseries A. Georgia Reports and Publications

61Community Residential Options for Mentally Retarded Persons, 1982 March
62[Searching for New Ideas in Community Residential Services], 1986
63Speak and Be Heard August 1989 Public Forums, 1989
64[Star Choices, Inc. Annual Reports], 1987-1990
65[Autism Services Expansion Proposal], 1996
66[Promoting Inclusion- Georgia Advocacy Office Reports], 1990, 2001
67River's Crossing: Transition from Institution to the Community, 1999 February
68[Community Care Services Program- Annual Progress Reports], 2001
69[Children and Adolescent Community Transition Study], 2001
610Governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Home and Community-Based Services Final Report, 2001 January
611"Advocating for Your Child's Education" Booklet, 2001 September
612Olmstead Planning Committee Final Report, 2001 November
613[Georgia Child Care Council, Yearly Reports], 2001-2004
614[Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities Annual Reports], 1998-2004
615Georgia Babies Can't Wait Annual Performance Report, 2003-2004
616Aging and Developmental Disabilities Final Report, 2004 December
617[Institute on Human Development and Disability Planning Phase Evaluation], 2004
618Reconsidering Special Education Funding in Georgia, 2005 June
619[Miscellaneous Georgia Reports], 1994-2005

Reports Co-authored by Dottie Adams

620Belonging in the Community: Expanding the Choices for People With Physical Disabilities, 1988 September
621-22"Coming Home" Person-Centered Leadership Development Project Final Report, 1996 October 31
623-24Children Are Our Future: Alternatives to Institutions for Children and Adolescents [2 copies], 1996
625Building New Lives in the Community: Hopes, Fears, and year later, 1997- 1999
626Constructing a Good Life Through Understanding: The Now and Comp Waivers, 2009

Miscellaneous Georgia Publications

627[Institute on Human Development and Disability Publications], undated
628[CDAG (Center Directors Association of Georgia, Inc.) Directories], 1990, 1997
629GLRS [Georgia Learning Resource System] Summer Recreation Programs Directory, 2004
630Making a Difference [Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities Magazine], 2004-2005
631Understanding the Medicaid Waiver [brochures], 2009
632[Miscellaneous Georgia Publications], undated

Subseries B. Non-Georgia Reports and Publications

633[Way to Go Series: Rights, Advocacy, Survival Kit, Appendix], 1978
634[Recommendations for the Delivery of Appropriate Educational Services to School-age West Virginians with Autism], 1981
635Opening Doors for West Virginians with Autism: A Comprehensive State Plan, 1982 July 1
636[Transition from School to the Adult World, West Virginia], undated
71New Life in the Neighborhood, 1981
72[Minnesota- Reports], 1982-1984, 1994
73[Wisconsin- Reports and Publications], 1987-1993
74-5"Remembering the Soul of Our Work" Stories by the staff of Options in Community Living, Madison, Wisconsin, 1992
76The Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, 1988
77Inclusion Articles, 1989
78A Chance to Choose [Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council], 1990
79"You Can Get There From Here: Moving Toward a Seamless Systems Approach to Family-Driven Services circa 1994, 1990
710National Satisfaction Survey of Clients of Disability Services Consultancy Report, 2000
711Disability Evaluation under Social Security, 2003
712Mutual Assistance: Galvanizing the Spirit of Reciprocity in Communities, 2004
713EPSDT: Supporting Children with Disabilities [Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment], 2004
714We Dance Together: A Painted Essay about My Education with Katie, 2005
715Real Life Quality Standards, 2005
716Community Development in Action: Illustrations for Communities in South Carolina and Louisiana, 2005
717Seeds for Recovery: Using Core Gifts to Inspire Hope and Action, undated
718Break the Cycle, 2005
719Some Questions to Ask/ Some Reasons for Asking, undated
720["We Come Bearing Gifts"], undated
721Gifts and Authority: Reclaiming the Origins of Self-determination, undated
722The History of People with Intellectual and Related Disabilities, undated
723[Life Building with Beth Mount], 2000
724TASH Connections (Newsletter), 2003
725[Miscellaneous Publications], 1994-2004
726[Miscellaneous Brochures], undated