Mission, Vision, and Values

The mission of the Tarjan Center is to advance the self-determination, inclusion, and quality of life among the diversity of people with disabilities and their families. We achieve our mission through shared leadership in training, community education, research, service, and information sharing.


In 2027, we will see:

  • All justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) policies and programs are inclusive of people with disabilities.
  • The Tarjan Center as a collaborator and resource on disabilities for UCLA.
  • Our networks and partners improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.
  • Increased understanding and use of research-informed practices across the lifespan by diverse communities
  • Impactful leadership by advocates with developmental disabilities
  • Individuals with developmental disabilities are achieving competitive integrated employment in careers of their choosing

 Core Values

  • Dignity and respect for all
  • A world that is free of barrier 
  • A world that values diversity among individuals
  • The right of individuals with disabilities to be well informed.
  • The right of individuals with disabilities to become decision-makers and empowered leaders. 
  • Eliminating disability stigma
  • Promoting awareness about the talents and capabilities of individuals with disabilities
  • The strengths and resources that diverse communities bring
  • Reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships with community partners to achieve social change