Alpharetta Named Special Needs Certified Community

June 8, 2015 – Alpharetta, GA. – Following the completion of a training program by all of its full and part-time employees, the City of Alpharetta has been certified as an organization that is better able to understand, engage, and serve those with special needs.  The announcement was made jointly by the City and Special Needs Communities, a group dedicated to improving the lives of those with special needs through training of businesses that serve them.

Lindsey L. Turner, President of Special Needs Communities was thrilled to present the City of Alpharetta with this designation.  “Having the City of Alpharetta join the initiative of becoming a Special Needs Certified City is truly remarkable and continues to show why Alpharetta is a great city to live in.  We now encourage all businesses in the City to follow along in their leaders’ footsteps and become certified businesses,” said Turner.

One out of every six people in the United States has a special need; a cognitive impairment, learning disability, physical limitation, or emotional condition.  It is a rapidly growing segment of our population, and North Fulton has a higher than average concentration of individuals with special needs due to the wealth of resources that they are able to access in our area.

“It is important to us that every person who interacts with the City of Alpharetta has a positive experience and walks away feeling that they are valued as member of our community,” said Alpharetta City Council Member Mike Kennedy.  “It is very likely that at some point, every member of our staff will have the opportunity to serve someone who has a special need, and we want to be sure that they know exactly what to do and what not to do so that the opportunity is a positive experience for everyone involved.”

The City of Alpharetta will continue to require the training for each new employee who joins the organization and will begin introducing the program to the numerous volunteers who work with the City’s initiatives and projects.  Employees will also be required to periodically update their training.


Special Needs Communities is a social enterprise focused on uniting communities and creating environments where everyone, regardless of their abilities, is treated with love and acceptance.

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