People First of Missouri is a statewide organization that promotes equality for people with disabilities so they can live the life they want in the community. People First members:
Teach and empower people to understand their rights and responsibilities and to speak up for themselves (self-advocacy);
Stand up for one another to help people live the life they want with the supports they need (advocacy for one another);
Advocate for community services that allow people to have choices and control over their supports and lives (advocacy at the systems level);
Create change in communities to ensure opportunity and full, meaningful participation for all people (advocacy within the community).
People First of Missouri Core Values
Pride: All people are allowed to feel good about themselves and their abilities.
Equality: All people have equal rights.
Opportunity: All people deserve opportunities to live productive and happy lives.
Power to Choose: All people should have choices about their services/supports.
Leadership: People with disabilities can be leaders for change.
Educate: People with disabilities can educate others about their ability and right to belong.
Freedom: All people are entitled to freedom.
Inclusive Communities: All people have the right to be part of their communities.
Respect: All people deserve respect.
Self-determination: All people deserve to live their own lives.
Taking Responsibility: All people should be responsible for their own actions.