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DDRS Mission, Vision & Guiding Principles

Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services


Our Mission

To compassionately serve Hoosiers of all ages and connect them with social services, health care and their communities.

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Guiding Principles

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services has two overarching responsibilities: to facilitate partnerships that enhance the quality of life for children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities; and to provide them with continuous, life-long support. This commitment is guided by four affirming principles:

  • Self Advocacy – Self Direction
    People with disabilities have the right to make the decisions that shape their lives today and tomorrow; this is Self-Direction
  • Quality Integration – Quality Outcomes
    Quality indicators must be integrated into systems for the purpose of management, but a true consumer-centered system measures a service or program by its ability to achieve quality outcomes for the individuals being served
  • Work First – Meaningful Day Like everyone, people with disabilities and other challenges need meaningful activities to feel fulfilled and be productive citizens in their communities. Individuals who have the ability and desire to work should have the opportunity to do so. Those who cannot work should be provided the option to participate in activities that give meaning and purpose to their day
  • Dignified Risk – Risk Management
    Within appropriate limits, persons with disabilities and other challenges should be provided with the opportunity to take risks and learn from a full range of life experiences; both the successes and the disappointments. In addition, the state seeks to work with families and providers to develop tools and assistance to help maintain the health and safety of all consumers as they become fully integrated into the community

Life Span Empowerment

Provide continuous support and life-long commitment for citizens in need of disability and rehabilitative supports in the State of Indiana, today and in the future.