We believe that all people, regardless of the nature or severity of their disability, have a right to access the community. Inclusion should encompass all areas of life including education, work, recreation, and daily community involvement.
We believe a careful examination of each person’s life plan will bring about quality of life changes that enhance physical well-being, emotional well-being, social well-being, and access to community activities.
We recognize that adults and children with disabilities can encounter barriers and obstacles that adversely affect their overall quality of life. We believe that these barriers can be overcome in two ways: by building skills and by instigating changes in environments and support systems.
We believe that intervention should occur in natural settings with natural supports, including parents and siblings, teachers and classmates, friends, coworkers, paid support staff, and specialists. Ultimately, positive behavior support results in increased knowledge and capacity for families, friends, and caregivers to provide meaningful supports to their loved ones.
Finally, we believe that positive behavior support as a clinical practice should be derived from empirical research. We recognize the value of ongoing scientific research and are committed to research involvement in order to ensure the continued quality of our services.