On January 23 The Arc of New Mexico Board of Directors approved a new three-year plan that includes a new Mission Statement (see above), goals, and major success indicators. The plan includes Guiding Beliefs and Core Values that inform key decisions and shape the way we treat the individuals and families we serve, our staff, Board members, and our community partners:
*People First - All people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability.
* Equity - People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society, and are equal before the law.
*Community - People with intellectual and developmental disabilities belong in the community and have fundamental moral, civil and constitutional rights to be fully included and actively participate in all aspects of society.
*Self-determination - We believe 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.
*Diversity - Society in general and The Arc of New Mexico 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)
*Respect - Our policies, programs, and plans reflect a positive regard for the value and dignity of all people.
The Vision Elements describe how we will look in 2018:
*Growth - We have in place adequate staff and a strong infrastructure that position us to grow current programs and develop selected new programs to reach all regions and people needing our services.
*Leadership - We are unified with collaborative partners and fortified by best practices to be an influential force in New Mexico for positive change in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
*Funding - We have larger, diversified, stable funding that enables us to fulfill the mission & help more people.
*Staff - Our experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated staff have the support they need and the motivation to deliver superior services throughout the state.
*Recognition - We are an active, well-known presence in every region of New Mexico with a reputation for mission success.