The mission of the World Institute on Disability (WID) in communities and nations worldwide is to eliminate barriers to full social integration and increase employment, economic security and health care for persons with disabilities. WID creates innovative programs and tools; conducts research, training, public education and advocacy campaigns; and provides technical assistance.
An internationally recognized public policy center founded in 1983 by leaders of the Independent Living Movement, WID's program work focuses on issues and problems that directly affect people’s ability to live full and independent lives. A majority of the Boardand staff are persons with disabilities.
WID is making it easier for those with disabilities to live a full life. As Miss Colorado said in her monologue - "You are not just defined by this disease. " As a nation we need to start looking past disabilties and embrace each person as they come.