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 accomplish our mission through collaborative leadership in training, community education, research, service, and information sharing.


In 2027, we will see:

  • All justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion policies and programs are inclusive of people with disabilities
  • TC as a collaborator and resource on disabilities for UCLA
  • Collaborative networks and partnerships to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities
  • Increased understanding and utilization of research-informed practices across the lifespan by diverse communities
  • Impactful leadership by advocates with DD
  • Individuals with DD are achieving competitive integrated employment in careers of their choosing

 Core Values

  • Dignity and respect for all
  • A world that is barrier free and inclusive, that values the diversity and culture among individuals
  • The right of individuals with disabilities to be well informed decision makers and empowered leaders
  • Eliminating stigma and 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