Mission, vision & values
All people with I/DD participate as full members of the El Paso community. Children and youth are secure at home and learning with peers, while adults lead a life of their choosing: working for fair wages, participating in civic affairs, and enjoying meaningful relationships.
The Arc of El Paso builds an equitable, just and strong community, acting as a hub for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through delivery of services and education.
- People First – We believe that people with I/DD are defined by their strengths, abilities, and inherent values, and not by their disability.
- Equity – We believe that people with I/DD are entitled to the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society, and are equal before the law.
- Community – We believe that people with I/DD belong in the community and have fundamental moral, civil and constitutional rights to be fully included and actively participate in all aspects of society.
- Self-determination – We believe in self-determination and self-advocacy. With appropriate resources and supports, people with I/DD can make decisions about their lives and must be heard on issues that affect their well-being.
- Diversity – We believe that society in general and our organization in particular benefits from the contributions of people with diverse personal characteristics.