Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility Statement

Living Independently for Today and Tomorrow (LIFTT) will always endeavor to advance, build, develop, and support a diverse, inclusive, equitable, and accessible work environment, community, and society that offers equal opportunities and outcomes.

LIFTT’s endeavor to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at the workplace, community, and society, is a permanent process of identification and removal of barriers arising from bias, discrimination, racism, and structures that support such attitudes and actions affecting individuals, with the following characteristics:

  1. Ethnicity, race, and culture
  2. Sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and gender expression
  3. Age
  4. Differences in ability
  5. Immigration status, nationality, and national origin
  6. Education and socio-economic status
  7. Family structure
  8. Military and veteran status
  9. Religious and other beliefs
  10. Membership to local, state, and nationally recognized groups and organizations

LIFTT will always:

  • Support team members’ and consumers’ individual and collective diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts
  • Facilitate the exchange of diverse perspectives
  • Incorporate value from the numerous views that diverse individuals bring to achieve inclusive excellence
  • Implement initiatives that support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, community, and society
  • Create a learning environment that welcomes communication of diverse perspectives, experiences, and realities
  • Conduct outreach and engage individuals representing marginalized groups
  • Establish inclusive and equitable practices at the workplace and community
  • Include marginalized individuals and groups in career development and recruitment of new and future team members
  • Encourage team members to support diverse perspectives and ideas
  • Respect individual, cultural, and identity-based differences, value and acknowledge unique skills and experiences
  • Pursue educational and experiential opportunities to develop diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility
  • Advocate for diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessible practices in its recruiting and professional development programs, community activities, and systems change advocacy
  • Raise awareness, knowledge about the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion among all stakeholders.