Vision, Mission, and Values


A world where people with disabilities live fully integrated lives economically and socially.


WID’s mission in communities and nations worldwide is to eliminate barriers to full social integration and increase employment, economic security, and health care for persons with disabilities. WID creates innovative programs and tools; conducts research, public education, training, and advocacy campaigns; and provides technical assistance.

WID’s mission is realized when there is full employment at the same rate as the general population; the barriers to asset building are removed, and people with disabilities have the tools, information, and resources to achieve economic security and build wealth; and people with disabilities have seamless, continuous access to affordable, quality health care and support services.

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Building community through shared experiences | Photo by Scot Goodman


WID’s values revolve around working toward equality for people with disabilities. In 2018, WID is focusing on the value of intersectionality in our “Intersectionality Initiative.”

WID’s Board of Directors has committed to expanding our internal and external focused efforts toward inclusion of multiple-marginalized communities, which are all too often left out of policy and practice conversations.

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