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Everyone Deserves An Opportunity to Reach Their Full Potential!

Updated: Jun 17, 2019

An estimated 1 in 6 people are born with an intellectual and/or developmental disability (IDD). Just like all of us, they are also born with hopes, dreams and the drive to contribute to society. Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) is a nonprofit organization that has been dedicated to transforming the lives of children and adults with IDD since 1981 and the deaf and hard of hearing since 2000. The individuals we are privileged to serve deserve nothing less than love, acceptance and the opportunity to reach their full potential in life with opportunities to perform functional and meaningful activities or work with support if needed to promote success.

We believe that each person has an inherent dignity and unique self-worth. Our long-standing VISION is that all people enjoy full inclusion in the work place, community and society in general.

It is our CORE VALUES that have always guided our work and continue to set the culture in our workplace, allowing us the privilege of providing services for our most vulnerable citizens,

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.

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.

All Board members, volunteers and staff act with honesty, integrity and openness in all aspects of our work.

We strive for excellence and commit to provide our clients with the highest quality of services.

We work in an accessible manner to engage with all of our stakeholders to leverage available community resources to benefit our clients.

We are grateful to our clients and families for choosing our services and we look forward to many more years of providing innovative and trusted programs!


Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) has been transforming the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1981 and the deaf and hard of hearing since 2000. TMI strives to help our clients to realize their hopes and dreams by providing Employment Solutions, Community Living and Family Support Services throughout San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties. To stay connected with us follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Together we can share acceptance and awareness, ultimately contributing to further inclusion.


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