Every person is unique and has individual interests and needs that must be identified and supported.
We presume competence in every individual we encounter.
Every person has the right to self-determination. Giving voice to individual interests and dreams, participating in the process of setting goals ... these are essential elements for any individual seeking to live life to his or her greatest potential.
Adults with developmental disabilities should have the opportunity to live a meaningful life as members of a community that values and supports them. This means being included in the larger community, from higher education, to the arts, housing, employment and health care.
Enabling adults with developmental disabilities to participate and contribute to the larger community benefits society as a whole.