Johns Creek recognized as ‘Special Needs Certified City’

May 13, 2015 – Johns Creek, GA –  The City of Johns Creek has been named a Special Needs Certified City, making it the largest municipality in Georgia with the designation.

The certification was awarded by Special Needs Communities, a social enterprise that focuses on educating employees on understanding, engaging, and serving residents with special needs. All full-time employees and contract staff with the City participated in the awareness program.

“This designation highlights the importance the City places on customer service and meeting the needs of all members of our community,” said Mayor Mike Bodker.

The Special Needs certification builds on the City of Johns Creek’s efforts to provide the highest level of customer service to all citizens, including adaptive recreation programs for residents with special needs such as the Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt, bocce ball tournaments, and the Summer Kick-Off Picnic.

“Our vision is simple, we want to unite communities and create environments where everyone, regardless of their abilities, feels love and acceptance. The City of Johns Creek is making our vision a reality and we hope and encourage all businesses in the City of Johns Creek to join their city in this initiative,” said Lindsey Turner, President of Special Needs Communities.

Special Needs Communities offers online training for organizations wanting to make a lasting difference in how they serve the community. Online training videos are divided into three parts: “Understanding Those with Special Needs,” “Engaging Those with Special Needs” and “Serving Those with Special Needs.”

Certified businesses and organizations are listed on the Special Needs Communities website and social media pages, where individuals and families with special needs can search and find special needs-friendly businesses.

The City of Johns Creek is presently featured at the bottom of the Special Needs Communities homepage for its recent certification.
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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.

For additional information on the Special Needs Communities, please visit

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