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Mission


AAIDD's Mission Statement

AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


AAIDD's Goals

AAIDD's goals are to 

1. Enhance the capacity of professionals who work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

2. Promote the development of a society that fully includes individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  

3. Sustain an effective, responsive, well managed, and responsibly-governed organization.



AAIDD's Principles

AAIDD's principles* (or core values) that guide the achievement of its goals relative to its mission are to:

  • Cultivate and provide leadership in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities that encompasses a diversity of disciplines, cultures, and perspectives. 

  • Enhance the skills, knowledge, rewards, and conditions of people currently working in the field and encourage promising students to pursue careers in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Advance basic and applied research to prevent or minimize the effects of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Advance the assurance of all human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including equality, individual dignity, choice, and respect.

  • Promote genuine accommodations to expand participation in all aspects of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, opportunities for choice and self-determination, and access to quality health, education, vocational, and other human services and supports.

  • Influence positive attitudes and public awareness to contributions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Establish partnerships and strategic alliances with organizations that share our values and goals. 


*As endorsed by the Board of Directors April 19, 2014