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Guiding Principles & Core Beliefs


Inclusive Schools, Workplaces, & Communities

We believe in including all people in all settings, regardless of labels. We believe in providing accommodations and modifications in inclusive settings so that everyone can participate, learn, grow, and thrive. Learn more from TASH.


Neurodiversity-Affirming Practices

We are a neurodiverse group and believe in celebrating and learning from different types of minds. Learn more from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN).


Growth Mindset

We believe in life-long learning, both for the people we support and for ourselves. Being an "expert" means being available for and open to learning from every experience, and then applying that knowledge to new experiences. Learn more from Understood.


Presumption of Competence

We know that people who communicate differently, who see things differently, and who experience the world differently can and do want to learn. We do not believe that spoken language equals the ability to learn. Learn more from Douglas Biklen and Jamie Burke.


Least Dangerous Assumption

We believe in offering the same learning experiences to all people, regardless of labels. Learn more from Cheryl Jorgensen.

Risk Enablement


We know that learning happens from making mistakes. Learn more from the Administration for Community Living (ACL).


Human-Centered Design

We learn from lived experiences and design our supports using the knowledge and input of people with disabilities. Learn more from the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD).


Competitive Integrated Employment

Real work deserves real pay. Learn more from the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE).



We believe in learning from and with others. We work to collaborate with people with lived experiences, families, community members, professionals, and others. Learn more from Caitlin J. Solone, et. al..

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