Georgia Enterprises for Products and Services is a specific type of purchasing program called a State Use Program. Established by the Georgia Legislature in 1993 through O.C.G.A. #50-5-135, its design is to expand employment opportunities of citizens with disabilities. The purpose of the program is to encourage and assist individuals with severe disabilities in achieving maximum personal independence through productive and gainful employment by assuring and expanding a constant market for their products and services.
The idea is simple: state and local government agencies purchase products and services they already need, at a fair price, from Georgia-based community organizations employing people with disabilities.
State Use revenues are used to provide on-the-job training, employment opportunities, and wages to disabled citizens so they can achieve maximum independence
For more information about GEPS, please visit www.georgiaenterprises.com.
Georgia Interpreting Services Network (GISN) is a private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit service of the Georgia Association of Training, Employment and Supports that provides state-wide sign language interpreting services. Since 1987, GISN has aimed to provide clear, complete, and precise communications between deaf and hearing participants.
GISN’s services allow for equal access for persons who are deaf or hearing-impaired, as defined under Georgia and Federal law. GISN provides qualified, nationally certified, and professional interpreters throughout the state of Georgia 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.
For more information about GISN, please visit www.gisn.info.
GATES monitors and provides information to policy makers concerning Georgians with Disabilities. The Governor has proposed to make Vocational Rehabilitation a stand-alone agency, administratively tied to the Department of Human Services (DHS). Currently the Georgia General Assembly is considering this legislation as House Bill 1146. Following an extensive review and analysis of the legislation, the GATES Board believes passage of this legislation will insure more services are provided to Georgians with disabilities to secure employment opportunities. For the complete position paper click here.