Mission & Values

A Foundation of Excellence

The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC), Indiana’s University Center for Excellence in Disabilities, has fostered a foundation of excellence for community investment in developmental disabilities since 1970. Our mission is to work with communities to welcome, value, and support the meaningful participation of people of all ages and abilities through research, education, and service.

Our work crosses the lifespan and is conducted across six centers and an Indiana University disability-focused library accessible to all state residents.

"Our mission is to work with communities to welcome, value, and support the meaningful participation of people of all ages and abilities through research, education, and service."

Advancing Improvement in Policy and Practices in Disability

The Indiana Institute is a bridge that connects the university to the broader community through the sharing of ideas and innovations to improve communities and lives. The Institute’s work achieves this through:

ADVOCACY
Advancing effective policy and best practices by informing and educating decision makers.

COALITION DEVELOPMENT
Developing collaborative solutions by connecting and convening diverse community stakeholders.

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT
Supporting families through partnerships among educators and human service providers to strengthen learning, independence, and community connections.

INFORMATION DISSEMINATION
Communicating and sharing information and research findings with broad constituencies over various mediums.

PRE-SERVICE EDUCATION AND PREPARATION
Supporting the training of professionals to become leaders and prepare future practitioners to implement best practices in the field.

RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND POLICY ANALYSIS
Conducting disciplined inquiry to test and improve policies, programs, and practices.

TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Building capacity to support community members and professionals in applying specific skills and best practices.

Our History

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