About Us

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MoDE Foundation began with six moms sitting around a table dreaming of a better future for their children with disabilities. We believe people with disabilities have a right to quality work and living experiences, and this begins with inclusive education and communities.

As they planned their advocacy efforts, they realized they would need to create a charitable organization to help people and communities throughout the state.  MoDE Foundation officially became a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in October, 2018. 

Since that time, we have grown; officially, by building out our Board of Directors, and unofficially, by encouraging our volunteers. Click the button to see Our Team.

Our Mission

To empower individuals with disabilities through grassroots advocacy and by promoting inclusivity.

Our Vision

To be a resource for change that helps make Missouri a more accessible and inclusive state, and to support the good work of people and organizations who have been fighting for disability rights prior to our existence. We will tackle disability-related issues that have not been adequately addressed. We hope to inspire new groups and people to take up the cause of inclusivity and to look to us for help when they need it, thus widening our circle of impact beyond our own members and those who have been doing this work for a long time.

Our Values

  • To effectively make change, we will be a nonpartisan, issue-led organization that welcomes and benefits people of all abilities, diagnoses, and backgrounds.
  • We must empower ourselves and assist others in empowering themselves to fight for change for people of all abilities.
  • We must make ongoing efforts to be a diverse and inclusive group that is accessible to all who wish to participate.
  • To effect change, we will work hard, build alliances, develop relationships, and carry out strategic campaigns.
  • In all our meetings internally and with allies we will engage in a rigorous practice of listening and communicating with the goal of building a team that works together and builds consensus while keeping in mind our mission and vision.
  • All our work and interactions will be done with honesty, openness, and integrity. We will acknowledge and address our mistakes, and periodically assess how to best achieve our mission with efficiency and respect for all.
  • Our fiscal stewardship must ensure that MoDE Foundation exists in perpetuity, or as long as we have campaigns to work on.