Hattie Larlham Merger Brings Services to Central Ohio

(TWINSBURG, Ohio) Nov. 3, 2014 – On Jan. 1, 2015, the Association for the Developmentally Disabled (ADD) in central Ohio will merge its services with Northeast Ohio nonprofit organization Hattie Larlham. The merger agreement was approved by the Hattie Larlham and ADD boards in late October. Both organizations serve people with developmental disabilities.

“Given how closely ADD’s mission, vision and values align with our own, this merger is an ideal growth opportunity for Hattie Larlham,” said Dennis Allen, Hattie Larlham CEO. “Hattie Larlham will be able to establish a strong presence in central Ohio and ensure critical services for people with developmental disabilities in the region remain available and viable for the long term.”

Both Hattie Larlham and ADD conducted meticulous due diligence before negotiating and approving this merger. Building upon the framework developed by both organizations during the due diligence process, ADD will spend 2015 engaged in further planning and evaluation with Hattie Larlham to determine how to best leverage its joint resources.

“Through the sharing of knowledge, Hattie Larlham and ADD will be able to leverage our strengths in a way that positively impacts the lives of those we serve,” said Anthony Hartley, ADD president and CEO.  “We are excited to be joining an organization that has a longstanding reputation for being at the forefront of delivering quality care for people with developmental disabilities.”

ADD is a nonprofit organization based in the Columbus, Ohio, area. The organization was created in 1971 to help people with developmental disabilities live and grow in their community.  ADD serves 1,400 people through recreation, education and residential programs. 

“By integrating ADD into Hattie Larlham’s operations, we will be able to broaden the scope and reach of our services,” said Hattie Larlham Boards of Directors President Mike Weinhardt.  “This merger is a win-win for everyone, most especially people with developmental disabilities in Ohio.”

Established in 1961, Hattie Larlham is a nonprofit organization that provides services to 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Hattie Larlham inspires people with disabilities and their families to dream and achieve through the medical, residential, vocational and recreational services the organization offers. For more information, visit

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