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 drive social impact to build a better economic future for people with disabilities and their families.
We envision an environment where people with disabilities have the same opportunities to achieve financial stability and independence as people without disabilities.
NDI has four enduring values that guide all decision making and activities and help set strategic direction for the future.
- We value all individuals across the spectrum of disability as productive contributors to the vitality of communities.
- We value self-determination and informed decision making that empower individuals with disabilities to have choices and direction that respects their individual preferences.
- We value the benefit of collaboration among all stakeholders including people with disabilities and 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.
- We value ensuring access to public benefits as simply one piece of our overall vision to promote economic stability for persons with disabilities.
- 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.