Inspiring a community
where we all belong.
ILS builds and strengthens community
through advocacy, information and support. We provide services that improve quality
of life for children with developmental or special needs and adults with intellectual
disabilities and autism spectrum disorder.
1. Person-focused Growth and Development ~ meeting needs and building capacity
2. Moving Forward ~ embracing and driving change for the better
3. Supportive Relationships ~ being connected and imagining what it must be like for each other
4. Community Building ~ engaging and contributing to “everyone has a place and role here”
5. Practice Excellence ~ committed to learning and professional development
6. Collaborative Creativity ~ joining forces to develop possibilities
Our VISION statement answers
the question: What are we
trying to achieve?
Our MISSION statement answers the question: How are we going to achieve our vision?
Our CORE VALUES guide the actions we take to achieve our mission and vision.
MISSION, VISION AND VALUES
What the Core Values Mean to ILS Participants
1. Person-focused Growth and Development
person-centered | creating opportunities | promoting people | respect | trust | empathy | opportunities for individuals, families and staff to develop capacity / potential | one size does not fit all | taking the high road | keeping true to the individual | self-determination | risk, opportunity and safety all considered | participation | “see me”: who I am and want to be | understand both being independent and being with others
2. Moving Forward
continuous improvement | excellence | forward moving | solution-focused | creative | evolving | taking the high road | taking on challenges | making it happen | creating opportunities | thinking bigger | difference maker | promoting good lives for people | innovative | leadership | “let’s find a way” | “the next right thing” | passionate | risk taker | innovation | learn from mistakes | taking action | doing what has not been done before | looking at organization, staff roles and responsibilities, and ideas in new and different ways
3. Supportive Relationships
“helping me wear my shoes” | respect | caring | support | being valued | dependable | feeling safe | “I can relax now” | accountability | reliable | communication: sharing information in a timely way | listening and responsive | extending ourselves | networking | facilitated being connected | being there for each other | “see me” | always do the right thing | individuals and families are always first | available | fulfill our responsibilities | relationships | empathy | taking the high road
4. Community Building
contribution | resource to community | inclusion: opening doors and minds | “everyone has a role and place here” | connecting | thinking bigger | creating opportunities | promoting individuals | giving back | individuals | want to contribute | taking the high road | community | staff wants to be part of something bigger than their job
5. Practice Excellence
professional development | lifelong learning | reflection | growth | innovation | best practice | teamwork | inspiration | continuous change | progressive | diverse | career development | mentoring | role modelling | autonomy | curiosity | risk taking | dedication
6. Collaborative Creativity
partnership | responsive | flexible | thinking out and developing possibilities | imagination | making it happen |
teamwork | trust | relationships | fulfill our responsibilities | respect | taking the high road | collaboration