- Disability is one form of diversity and it requires cultural and linguistic competency. Diversity is essential to everyone's success.
- All services and supports for children and youth should be family-centered.
- All services and supports for adults should be person-centered. Individuals and families should have personal choice and control over their lives.
- All children should live in safe homes with their families. As people mature they should have the opportunity to live in homes of their own with appropriate community supports.
- All supports should be within the community. Individuals and families needing supports should exercise control over funding, delivery, and quality of supports.
- Everyone should have access to personally meaningful places and activities. Opportunities should be available for everyone to develop networks of meaningful relationships.
- Effective change stems from a strengths-based approach, rather than a problems approach. That means first looking for the positive rather than the negative, and building from there.
- Prevention, rather than crisis intervention.
What's a UCEDD?
Funding: This project is supported in part by grant number 90DDUC0062, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.