Our story begins with a psychologist, an economist, an engineer, and a Peace Corps Volunteer.
Sometime during the fall of 2004; in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia; Cathy McLain, an Educational Psychologist, was introduced to Jeremy Gaskill, a Peace Corps Volunteer. Jeremy was assisting a small group of teachers in the western part of the country to develop services for children with disabilities. Knowing that he was in over his head and learning of Cathy’s background, Jeremy invited Cathy to visit.
Cathy did visit. And once there, she encountered a bleak reality: Children with disabilities were relegated to their homes; desperate parents were cut off from information and support; and there was a complete absence of services and adaptive equipment. Determined to help, she visited again, bringing her husband, Roy Southworth (the economist), and their close friend, Rezo Chinchaladze (the engineer). A partnership was forged and the unlikely quartet began the long slow task of assessing children, , educating parents and introducing meaningful services.
Now known as MAC Georgia (McLain Association for Children, Georgia), the organization with its beginnings in the conviction that something had to be done is making its presence felt throughout Georgia. Their efforts have helped hundreds of persons with disabilities obtain assistance. Countless parents, teachers, and service providers from across Georgia have received crucial education and support.
With will, determination, and the help of many; including their staff and partners; MAC Georgia is making a difference .
It is working towards a Georgia where everyone, of all abilities, have access to the resources and support necessary for them to achieve their full potential.