About us


Our Mission

The MISSION of UMID is to serve the needs of the greater mid-south and beyond through services, education and research for and about persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Our Vision

The VISION of UMID is to act on our commitment to create a learning community that provides perspectives and insights from scholars, thought leaders, community partners, students, families and other supporters, who challenge, lead and advocate for (and with) persons with disabilities.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Person-Centered Systems Perspective
  • Inclusion, Social Justice, and Equity
  • Systemic and Sustainable Impact

We utilize a person-centered systems perspective to maximize education, health, social, familial, employment and financial outcomes for diverse community members and those who support them in an ever-changing global environment.

We create and leverage innovative and interdisciplinary programs, services and research with community partners to promote higher education access and career development. Along with our partners, we advocate for community integration and strive to enhance the overall quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Our practical, real-life results change individuals, families, and communities and will inform systemic and sustainable change.

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