Mission & Vision


The IOD promotes full access, equal opportunities, and participation for all persons by strengthening communities and advancing policy and systems change, promising practices, education, and research.


The IOD envisions a future where all people, including individuals living with disabilities, are fully engaged members of communities and where culturally appropriate supports that lead to independence, productivity, and a satisfying quality of life are available to individuals and families across the life span.


The IOD values the participation of people with disabilities, the community, family members, and a culturally diverse membership in its governance and research, teaching, and service activities. The IOD works to advance principles of choice, family and consumer-directed supports, community inclusion and cultural competence throughout the life span. It does this through:

  • INTEGRITY ... in its working relationships, practices, and decisions.
  • LEADERSHIP... in generating and advancing promising practices.
  • EXCELLENCE ... both in its individual and collective actions.
  • SERVICE ... to communities, people with disabilities and their families, UNH, the public, and others who are affected by its work.
  • RESPECT ... for individuals’ roles, diversity, contribution, and viewpoints.
  • COOPERATION ... in the planning, management, and work of the IOD.
  • COMMITMENT ... to improving the lives of people with disabilities and their families.
  • PARTNERSHIPS ... with other individuals, diverse groups, organizations, and people with disabilities and their families.
  • OPENNESS ... in communications and decision-making.

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