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An estimated 1 in 6 people are born with a developmental disability. Just like all of us, they are born with hopes, dreams and the drive to contribute to society. Founded in 1981, Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) has transformed thousands of lives by providing assistance to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), giving them the ability to realize their hopes and dreams. At TMI we are advocates for the belief that disability does not mean inability. Independence and self-responsibility are fostered by respect for the individual’s autonomy and by empowering the individual to make informed decisions. It is important that everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full potential with opportunities to perform functional and meaningful activities or work with support, if needed, to promote success. We offer innovative and trusted services for our clients with IDD. We also offer services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In 2020, we launched our Disabled Veteran Employment Services program.


All people we support experience full inclusion in their daily lives in all aspects of community life. We believe that the three cornerstones of a strong life foundation are: living as independently as possible, having the opportunity for real work for real pay, and a safe and caring home.


We strive for excellence and are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality of services while strengthening our relationships and deeply engaging with all of our stakeholders and community partners.

Our Code of Ethics helps assure that all Board members, volunteers and staff act with honesty, integrity and openness in all aspects of our work. We exercise responsible stewardship by maintaining effective governance and management practices. We generate adequate resources, manage resources effectively, support and recognize our volunteers and appropriately support and compensate staff.


It is our culture that affords us a healthy working environment for all employees and volunteers. We celebrate the benefits gleaned from an organizational family that is productive and enjoys a pleasant and positive workplace. We love what we do and believe that is reflected in the quality of our services. 

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To provide personalized services to those who require support, enabling them to make informed choices regarding how they live, work and function productively and independently in the community.


Achieving valued roles, making critical life-defining decisions, gaining the respect of others, and contributing to the life of the community are opportunities enjoyed by all citizens.


Respect: Having a valued place and role among a network of family, friends, colleagues and neighbors. Choice: having autonomy in decision making both in small every day matters and large, life defining issues. Competence: Having the opportunity to perform functional and meaningful activities or work with whatever level of assistance necessary. Full Inclusion: Sharing ordinary places with a growing network of personal relationships and making a contribution to the life of the community.

Would you like to get involved? There are many ways of contributing to Toward Maximum Independence. Contact us today!

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