A future where all people, including people who experience developmental and other disabilities, and their families, are fully included in their homes, schools, and communities leading to self-determination, independence, productivity, and participation in all parts of community life.
To act as a bridge between our community and university to provide culturally competent and collaborative education, support, research, and information sharing to ensure people with disabilities and their families can live their lives as they choose.
We work towards this mission through four commitments:
- We integrate our work with the academic mission of our college and university.
- We create and teach innovative courses and guest lectures and run educational programs.
- We work to use Universal Design for Learning strategies to promote inclusion, diversity, and self-determination.
- We help create a more inclusive community by providing local, regional, national, and international trainings, consultations, and other services and supports.
- We partner with people with developmental disabilities, their families, service agencies, and communities to design supports and services.
- We promote valued life outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages including:
- personal choice and control,
- meaningful relationships,
- meaningful activities,
- integrated employment,
- living in homes and communities,
- safety and health,
- equity and human rights, and
- full inclusion and participation in society.
- We conduct evaluation and research to improve services and policies.
- We partner with researchers in our college, university, and other organizations.
- We share the work, findings, and stories from our projects, our affiliates, and our partners.
- We strive to share these stories in accessible and culturally and linguistically competent formats.
The values that form the foundation for the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion are found throughout all of our activities. These values are articulated in the statements below:
- We believe disability is one form of diversity and strive for cultural and linguistic competency. We believe diversity is essential to our success.
- We believe that all services and supports for children and youth should be family-centered. In the same vein, we believe that all services and supports for adults should be person-centered. That individuals and families should have personal choice and control over their lives.
- We believe that all children should live in safe homes with their families and that as individuals mature they should have the opportunity to live in homes of their own with appropriate community supports.
- We believe that all supports should be within the community and that individuals and families needing supports should exercise control over funding, delivery, and quality of supports.
- We believe that everyone should have access to places and activities meaningful to each individual and that opportunities should be available for developing networks of meaningful relationships.
- We believe in a strengths approach to assessment and support rather than a problems approach.
- We believe in prevention rather than in crisis intervention.