The work of the Institute is typically categorized as one of the following activities or core functions:
- One of the main activities of the Institute is sharing information through print, electronic, and other media, including a vast array of printed materials, presentations, Web sites, movies, e-newsletters, and more.
- The Institute conducts evaluations to assess the quality of given organizations, programs, services, and models, and enhance their capacity to serve persons with disabilities. Evaluation activities are conducted both through the Institute's Evaluation Group and through multiple projects and centers.
- The Institute reaches out to the community by connecting ideas or practices around the community integration of individuals with disabilities to the efforts of other organizations, groups, audiences or to the general public.
- One of the main activities of the Institute is conducting research to improve policies, practices, and services related to people with disabilities and their families.
- Technical assistance
- One of the main activities of the Institute is providing technical assistance or consultation services to enhance the capacity of agencies to serve people with disabilities.
- Training and professional development
- One of the main activities of the Institute is training professionals, paraprofessionals, students, and others to better meet the needs of people with disabilities, as well as training people with disabilities to learn ways to achieve their life goals.