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  • AAMR promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual disabilities.

    AAMR has adopted a 13-point set of principles to accomplish the mission:
    • Achieving full societal inclusion and participation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
    • Advocating for equality, individual dignity and other human rights.
    • Expanding opportunities for choice and self-determination.
    • Influencing positive attitudes and public awareness by recognizing the contributions of people with intellectual disabilities.
    • Promoting genuine accommodations to expand participation in all aspects of life.
    • Aiding families and other caregivers to provide support in the community.
    • Increasing access to quality health, education, vocational, and other human services and supports.
    • Advancing basic and applied research to prevent or minimize the effects of intellectual disability and to enhance the quality of life.
    • Cultivating and providing leadership in the field.
    • Seeking a diversity of disciplines, cultures, and perspectives in our work.
    • Enhancing skills, knowledge, rewards and conditions of people working in the field.
    • Encouraging promising students to pursue careers in the field of disabilities.
    • Establishing partnerships and strategic alliances with organizations that share our values and goals.