Mission, vision & values
All people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are included and participate as full members of the El Paso community with children and youth with I/DD secure in their own homes while living and learning with their peers, and adults with I/DD leading a life of their choosing, fully integrated in the El Paso community, productively working for fair wages, participating in civic and community affairs, and enjoying meaningful relationships.
The Arc of El Paso promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
- 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.