Human Refuge promotes the protection of the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
Human Refuge believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability.
Human Refuge believes in self-determination and self-advocacy. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with appropriate resources and supports, can make decisions
about their own lives and must be heard on issues that affect their well-being.
Human Refuge believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society, and are equal before the law.
Human Refuge believes that society in general and Human Refuge in particular benefit from the contributions of people with diverse personal characteristics (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender and type of disability).
Human Refuge believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities belong in the community and have fundamental moral and civil rights to be fully included and actively participate in all aspects of society.
Human Refuge leads by articulating a positive vision for the future of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and catalyzes public and private support in the realization
of that vision through carefully planned and well-executed goals, strategies, and actions.
Human Refuge works with individuals, organizations, and coalitions in a collaborative fashion. Human Refuge values and promotes effective partnerships between volunteer and staff leadership at all levels of the organization.
Human Refuge conducts its business with integrity, accountability, and open, honest and timely communication. Human Refuge is committed to quality and excellence in all it does.
Human Refuge represents the public interest, supporting and acting with and on behalf of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families regardless of the
type of disability.
Human Refuge acts to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their parents, siblings, family members and other concerned members of the public have meaningful opportunities to inform and guide the direction of the organization’s advocacy, including determining policy and positions on important issues.