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ODS Mission and Values

The Office of Developmental Services (ODS) is dedicated to joining in partnership with all available state and local resources toward the development of communities (community providers and training centers) that support and affirm all persons with intellectual disabilities and their families as participating and contributing members.

The development of services for persons with intellectual disabilities is shifting away from the concept of specific service models to one in which services are structured around individualized, flexible supports that respond to the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. This approach requires that adaptations and accommodations be made to ensure the effective use of natural and community resources in places such as: schools; work places; health services; and the home. This person centered focus is emphasized rather than simply trying to fit individuals with intellectual disabilities into professionally driven services.

ODS is in a unique position to work across the state with individuals, families, providers, and agencies toward the collaborative development of state and local service system infrastructures which support and empower persons with intellectual disabilities and their families.

The ODS believes that supports and services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families should:

The ODS believes that individuals with intellectual disabilities, regardless of their ability:

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