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Mission and Vision



The mission of ROOF is to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to successfully obtain and maintain affordable and inclusive housing of their choice.


Every community in Florida will have an abundance of housing choices that meet the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Guiding Principles

ROOF has adopted the following guiding principles, as adapted from the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council:

FREEDOM and JUSTICE – ROOF believes that all individuals, including individuals with disabilities and their families, have the same basic rights associated with the status of citizenship. All individuals have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; the right to be treated with respect and dignity; and the right to direct one’s own life, to control one’s own destiny.

SELF-DETERMINATION – ROOF believes that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families should be the primary decision makers in the management of their lives including determining how the limited amount of public funding available to support them is spent. Individuals and families should be able to direct their supports to the extent they desire.

OPPORTUNITY– Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the right to make such essential decisions as where to live, with whom to live, where to work and with whom, and how and where to spend their time. Individuals should have the freedom to choose the individuals or agencies supporting them.

INDEPENDENCE and INTERDEPENDENCE – Increasing independence for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is balanced by emphasizing the interdependence of individuals upon one another and the reality that we all depend upon one another for survival, love, laughter, comfort, and support when life becomes difficult or challenging.

INCLUSION – Full inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, into their schools and communities, is the cornerstone of a good and safe quality of life. By developing meaningful relationships with friends, peers, families, and fellow citizens, individuals with developmental disabilities will live a full and rewarding life.

LIFESPAN APPROACH – Passage through life includes continuous transition and adaptation. The lifespan approach focuses on flexible, individualized positive supports, and an understanding of the life stages experienced by all individuals from birth, through childhood, adulthood, and old age. While any person’s capacities and needs change through a lifetime, all individuals rely on their families, friends, and community for their sense of belonging and identity.

DIVERSITY – ROOF recognizes the strengths of all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, from all races, ethnicities, cultures, and socioeconomic circumstances. The goal of diversity is to support individuals and their families in a culturally competent manner, which is responsive to their beliefs, interpersonal styles, attitudes, language and behaviors, and ensures effective and meaningful opportunities for full participation in their communities.