About Bobby Dodd Institute

Our Mission: To empower people with differing abilities to maximize their potential by securing economic self-sufficiency, independence and inclusion within their communities. 

Our Vision: At BDI, we believe in an inclusive world where people of differing abilities can lead more independent and purposeful lives when provided the right guidance, support and opportunities. 

Our Core Values:

  • diversity and inclusion and believes everyone has unique strengths to contribute;
  • positive relationships and believes in treating all people with respect, trust and compassion;
  • teamwork and believes in working together with our clients, each other, and community partners;
  • honesty and integrity and believes transparency leads to individual and organizational success;
  • continuous improvement and believes in enthusiastically embracing challenges and seeking solutions.

Our History: Since we began as a program of the Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities in 1960, BDI has evolved into a multi-faceted institute providing job training, career counseling, recruitment and staffing, and long-term employment. BDI became an independent 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization in 1989.

With locations in Fulton County and Clayton County and the capacity to conduct evaluations on site for schools and other partners, BDI serves people with disabilities throughout the entire metro Atlanta area.

In 2000, BDI purchased a 50,000-square-foot headquarters and training facility where we provide job training and operate a call center that employs veterans and veterans with disabilities. In 2012, we gained a second job training facility in Jonesboro, Ga. and expanded services into Clayton County and surrounding counties by acquiring vocational rehabilitation programs previously operated by Clayton County Public Schools.

Effective January 1, 2018, BDI merged with All About Developmental Disabilities, an organization that has offered direct services for people with developmental disabilities for more than 60 years. As one, BDI offers a continuum of services and support for people with disabilities as well as their families. 

BDI is governed by a fully engaged board of community leaders who support the organization financially, set strategic goals and provide financial oversight. To learn more, please view a copy of Working Together, our 2016 annual report.

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