IDENTITY, VISION & MISSION

The Identity, Vision & Mission document arose from input from our members and from the first years of our work.  In the spring of 2012 members responded to questions related to what they valued in life and in the work of the Partnership.  Drawing on this data and organizational information previously developed, the Steering Committee met in April of 2012 to create this cohesive and dynamic framework for the work of the Partnership.  Our Strategic Directions are broad areas of work in which our Committees for Change continually identify needs, set goals and evaluate priorities.  Our Core Values are foundational for all the work we do.  Our Mission is what we feel we contribute to bringing forth our Vision.  This is who we are, what we do and how we do it.

 

OUR BACKGROUND

In 2008, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network underwrote the expenses to conduct an intensive survey of the unmet needs of people with disabilities in Lehigh and Northampton counties as well as current research of best practices other communities employ to address similar unmet needs. Twelve cluster areas of need were identified. These were:

  • Information and referral
  • Health and healthcare
  • Employment
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Perceptions and attitudes
  • Opportunities and discrimination
  • Education
  • Community participation
  • Technology and assistive devices
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Needs of caregivers

Two well attended community forums, one in November 2008 to encourage input into the research process and survey instrument, and a second in December 2009 to announce the findings from the research. A 139-page report entitled “The Lehigh Valley Disability Community: A Survey of Needs and Opportunities” is available from the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium (LVRC), the group that conducted the research.

 

OUR GOALS

  • To make a measurable difference in the disability-friendliness of the Lehigh Valley.
  • To raise the level of awareness about the unmet needs of persons with disabilities in the Lehigh Valley by promoting and making the findings from the LVRC research study easily available to everyone.
  • To advocate for equal access to life activities for all people without regard to ability.
  • To influence public policy and programs through advocacy and relationships with public officials.
  • To seek, encourage and endorse funding for priority projects.
  • To continually publicize the existence and work of the Partnership both internally (with members) and externally (with the general public) via written and electronic means such as brochures, newsletters, Facebook, and a website.