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In 2005, a small group of parents, family members and individuals with disabilities joined together with leading thinkers and practitioners in the disability and asset building community to launch the
National Disability Institute. Unified by common values and a vision to build together a better economic future for individuals with disabilities and their families, NDI was incorporated and approved as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
Our strength is our expertise and proven experience in creative problem-solving and a focus on solutions that produce tangible impact for individuals, families, communities, states, and government. Through the power of collaboration with federal agencies, major corporations, financial institutions and nonprofit organizations, NDI has brought new attention to the possibilities of economic empowerment that has changed thinking and behavior at an individual and systems level.
As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, NDI does not engage in lobbying activities.
The mission of
National Disability Institute is to build a better economic future for Americans with disabilities.
We envision a world where people with disabilities have equal opportunity to achieve financial stability and independence as people without disabilities.
NDI has identified three enduring values that guide all decision making and activities and will help set strategic direction for the future.
- We value all individuals across the spectrum of disability to be productive and contribute to the vitality of communities regardless of race, gender, cultural background and age.
- We value self determination and informed decision making that empower individuals with disabilities to have choices and direction that respect their individual preferences.
- We value the benefit of collaboration among all important stakeholders in the public and private sectors to design, implement, and improve opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in the economic mainstream and advance their financial independence.
- Improve collaboration across federal agencies to advance a better economic future for individuals with disabilities.
- Align public policy to promote work, saving, and asset accumulation.
- Develop and document pathways to improved economic self-sufficiency for youth and adults with disabilities.