Our Beliefs about the Individuals We Support

  • Uniqueness: Each person receiving support is fully unique; his or her path toward growth and citizenship can be guided with compassion and competence by staff who are trained in the best practices of the profession.
  • Individuality: Individuals’ and their families’ goals and hopes determine the nature of the efforts we respectfully make on their behalf.
  • Personhood is determined by an ability to choose; our objective for each child and adult is to assist in developing this ability to its utmost.
  • Compassion: Compassionate support and teaching take advantage of people’s strengths and helps them compensate, through learning, for areas of need.
  • Commitment to those with exceptionality implies a pledge to expect success and unlimited achievement.
  • Evidence-based treatment: Closely tracking people’s accomplishments, and continually revising teaching strategies using research and clinical advances in our field, create opportunities for continued success.
  • Responsive Environments: People’s living and learning environments must be interesting, adaptable, stable and respectful.
  • Values-based: All members of our teams must know about and share a commitment to our value system, and use it actively in order to continuously do better.
  • Independence: One of our most important roles is to promote autonomy and self-advocacy so that people are assisted in removing barriers to their fulfillment.
  • Professional Competence: Commitment, coupled with respect for the individual, means there is always an answer; professional competence, dedication and teamwork can lead to creative solutions to people’s most perplexing problems.
  • Mutuality: Those we serve educate us by their uniqueness and their progress, and enrich our lives by their friendship. At times of vulnerability, strong bonds between people are formed.