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is the recipient of the 

2013 Martin Luther King Jr Award 

for Community Service

from Emory University Goizueta School of Busines and the Rollins School of Public Health.

ISDD is dedicated to empowering, educating and equipping kinship caregivers of disadvantaged children in Metro Atlanta. 

We accomplish this mission through:


Community Service & Support

Project GRANDD

Provide programs that reduce the impact of social and economic disadvantage on the health, growth and development of children.  Assist caregivers to understand the needs of their relative children and help them to assure optimal health, development and education.


In 2004, a committed group of health professionals and educators founded the Institute for the Study of Disadvantage and Disability (ISDD) to address the connection between social and economic disadvantage and the prevalence of developmental disabilities, and to improve access to services for children and families. In the fall of 2012, ISDD changed its name to Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage & Disability to reflect the scope of its programming.

With the support of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, ISDD engaged in a professionally led strategic planning process in 2017. As a result, ISDD has focused on its two core programs, Healthcare Without Walls and Project GRANDD,  with plans to replicate and expand both to serve more families.


Our programs support our vision to help children with disabilities living in socially and economically disadvantaged circumstances to gain access to the medical and support services needed to lead healthier, more fulfilling and productive lives. ISDD embraces a multipronged approach that includes prevention by intervening in strategic areas and improving access to services for children and families from low income, underserved and predominantly minority communities. Each year ISDD serves more than 600 children, parents and grandparents through our programming.


2022 - United Way of Greater Atlanta Gwinnett Spark Prize for improving economic stability, strong learners and racial equity

2021Brookdale Foundation Grandfamilies Award for outstanding contributions to the field of grandparents and other relatives raising children from Generations United

2013Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award from the Rollins School of Public Health and the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. 

Board of Directors

Tonya Holody, MBA, Chair

Breanne West, Vice-Chair

Matthew Sales, Secretary

Jacob Rumery, Treasurer

Lauren Caldwell

Nichelle Mitchem

Jessica Nix

Jacqueline "Jacki" L Payne

Matthew Sales

Macie Thompson

Makina Wallace

Staff Members

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