To promote the interdependence, productivity, and quality of life of individuals with disabilities through empowerment, integration, and inclusion.

A world that respects all people, values diversity and guarantees choice, freedom, personal power, equal access, and justice for all.





In Memory of Ernest Michael White

As a result of a car accident in 1969, Mike became a quadriplegic.  As a result of occupational and physical therapy and his determination, he became fully independent.  He also became a role model and advocate with people with disabilities.  Mike then went on to college and completed his Master’s Degree in social Work and was able to obtain employment through the Division of Rehabilitation Services. He eventually worked his way up through the ranks and became a Rehab Counselor.   Mike was also put in charge of their Transitional Living Unit and help successfully transition people with disabilities back in the community.  He also became involved with the Appalachian Center for Independent Living as a Board Member and eventually became the Chairman.  Mike spent his entire life being an advocate, role model and a friend to everyone who knew him.  He was also known for his quick wit and keen sense of humor and he will be greatly missed by everyone whose life he touched.