The foundation of "Everyday Lives: Values In Action" is two statements:
1. We value what is important to people with disabilities and their families, who are striving for an everyday life. An everyday life is about opportunities, relationships, rights, and responsibilities. It is about being a member of the community, having a valued role, making a contribution to society, and having one’s rights as a citizen fully respected. It is a vision that we should all be working toward together.
2. People with disabilities have a right to an everyday life; a life that is no different than that of all other citizens. This continues to be the truest statement on which we can build our work.
"Everyday Lives" will be a guide to the Office of Developmental Programs as it develops policy and designs programs. Providers of services will use these recommendations to support individuals and their families to achieve an everyday life.