The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana’s University Center for Excellence in Disabilities, has fostered a foundation of excellence for community investment in developmental disabilities since 1970. Our work encompasses broader community issues as we seek to increase partnerships and relationships beyond disability, in the interest of full inclusion.
Mission & Values
“to work with communities”
The Institute collaborates with community agencies, schools, advocacy organizations, government, institutions of higher education, and other community partners to effect improvements in quality of life.
“to welcome, value, and support the meaningful participation for people of all ages and abilities”
This is the core of our mission. It defines outcomes for diverse individuals, including people with disabilities, in all life spaces: schools, employment, home, and community settings.
“through research, education, and service.”
Research means investigation and inquiry into ideas and practices in order to develop knowledge that will benefit people of all ages and abilities.
Education means teaching approaches, concepts, and new knowledge to students and community members in schools, institutions of higher education, and in community settings.
Service means putting research and new knowledge into practice in educational and community settings. Service means collaborations and partnerships to promote inclusive communities. Service means participation in local, state, national, international and higher education committees, councils, association activities, and governance.
In support of our mission, are a set of values held by faculty and staff of the Indiana Institute. These values permeate all of our activities and include:
- People with disabilities exercise choice and control over their daily lives.
- Persons with disabilities have dignity and are treated with respect.
- Individuals with disabilities and their families are involved in the design, operation, and monitoring of services and supports that affect them.
- Enhancing the broader community improves the lives of all, including those with disabilities.
The Institute submitted and received continued core funding for 2012-2017 through the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD). The Institute utilized this planning opportunity to reaffirm our continued work around a set of broad goals. These include:
Early Intervention and Education
Linking research and practice to advance the field of early education…
Transition and Employment
Supporting work in education that is interdependent between schools and community…
Implementing innovative ideas, approaches to transition…
Tapping into a powerful labor and customer base…
Working on behalf of individuals across the autism spectrum…
Supporting age- and ability-friendly communities…
Self-Advocates and Families
Improving access to information and choice…