Guiding Principles and Beliefs

We believe disability is a natural part of the human experience.

We believe people with developmental disabilities and their families…

  • Define their own families and sources of support.
  • Are successful when they make informed choices and control their lives.
  • Are most effective when they work together for social and policy change.
  • Are more likely to succeed when we expect them to succeed.

We believe communities…

  • Are welcoming when everyone is valued.
  • Are better when members act together.
  • Thrive when everyone contributes.

We believe support service systems are most effective when…

  • Families are supported to raise children in stable and loving homes.
  • People are supported to live the lives they want in their communities.
  • Supports are based on individual strengths, goals and community.
  • They are accountable to the people they serve.

We Believe . . .

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People are most successful when they control their own lives.

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Supporting people with IDD to pursue full lives and community members.

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Systems are most effective when they are accountable to the people they serve.

“Disability is a natural part of the human experience.”

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