Mission, vision & values

Vision Statement

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are integrated into all aspects of the borderland community as respected and contributing members.

Mission Statement

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. 

Core Values

  • People FirstWe believe that people with I/DD are defined by their strengths, abilities, and inherent values, and not by their disability.
  • EquityWe 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.
  • CommunityWe 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-determinationWe 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.