Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI) Merges with All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD)

The merger reunites two organizations with a shared history; provides enhanced opportunities to individuals with disabilities and barriers to employment

ATLANTA—February 9, 2018 Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI), a leader in connecting people with disabilities and veterans to job security, today announces its merger, effective January 1, 2018, with All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD), an organization that has offered direct services for people with developmental disabilities for more than 60 years. With the merger, which was approved by boards of directors of both organizations, the two non-profits will operate as BDI. 

The merger brings together two organizations with a long history of dedication and service to people with disabilities. BDI began as a program of AADD, evolving into a separate organization to grow and launch its job connections and social enterprises component.

Though the organizations operated as separate entities, BDI and AADD continued to partner and collaborate on services, initiatives and advocacy efforts to best serve their clients. The merger is a natural move for both organizations and an innovative step towards enriched experiences and opportunities for their participants.

“We are thrilled about reuniting AADD and BDI,” said Larry Gluth, BDI President and CEO. “By joining back together, the organizations are coming full circle, while making a strategic move towards the future. Together, we will build a stronger organization with more impactful programming and better ways to serve our clients.” 

As one, BDI will offer a continuum of services and support for people with disabilities as well as their families. Before the merger, BDI focused on job training and employment services.  However, with the experience AADD and its dedicated team brings those services have expanded to include family support, benefits consulting, self-advocacy and long-term planning.  BDI’s services now guide families through each stage of their loved one’s life.

A public celebration of the merger will occur on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at BDI’s annual Breakfast with Champions event, a celebration of the clients, supporters and donors that help to move BDI’s mission forward. This year’s Circle of Excellence honorees Sarah Kennedy, former member of AADD’s Advisory Board, and Nancy Rizor, past Chair of Board of AADD, have been leaders in creating opportunities for people with disabilities. The two will continue their commitment to the developmental disabilities community as members of BDI’s auxiliary board and board, respectively.

Rizor notes AADD is excited about the merger and welcomes the many excellent opportunities that this partnership and combined mission will bring to those we serve.

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About Bobby Dodd Institute
Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI) is a non-profit organization created to empower people with disabilities and disadvantages to maximize their potential by securing economic self-sufficiency, independence and integration into society.

 

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