Self Determination

A combination of skills, knowledge, and beliefs that enable a person to engage in goal-directed, self-regulated, autonomous behavior.  Self-determination/Self-Advocacy has been operationally defined as “the ability to make choices, solve problems, set goals, evaluate options, take initiative to reach one’s goals, and accept consequences of one’s actions” (Rowe et al., 2013).

An understanding of one’s strengths and limitations together with a belief in oneself as capable and effective are essential to self-determination. 

When acting on the basis of these skills and attitudes, individuals have greater ability to take control of their lives and assume the role of successful adults in our society (Field, Martin, Miller, Ward, and Wehmeyer, 1998).  Findings have indicated that students with higher levels of self-determination achieve better post-school outcomes in the areas of education and employment (Halpern et al., 1995; Wehmeyer & Schwartz, 1997).

Approaches for Promoting Self Determination

Some of the most effective approaches for promoting self determination include:

 

  1. Use student-driven IEP and transition planning.
  2. Directly teaching skills or enhancing knowledge
  3. Embedding instruction into the general curriculum
  4. Use Person-Centered Planning

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One characteristic of extraordinary teachers is that they're not fazed by kids who challenge them; indeed, they welcome this. They're willing to reconsider what they've said, secure enough not to need to have the last word, & aware that arguing may help to sharpen kids' thinking.

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Last month, SkillsRI and Partnership for Rhode Island brought forth a logo design challenge to public high schools across Rhode Island. Over 50 students participated and students from Coventry High School as the design contest winners.

Congratulations and great work!

“While some of the most visible efforts to continue the fight focus on changing ableist habits and attitudes, the most harmful and persistent barriers disabled people face are still distinctly structural.” - @AndrewPulrang @Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewpulrang/2021/06/14/fighting-ableism-is-about-much-more-than-attitudes-and-awareness/?sh=1e18237a19c0

A wonderful celebration today for our EG students at West Bay Collaborative Transition Academy. Heartfelt words about each graduate and well-deserved recognition of personal growth. So proud! @RITransition @ameyer1026 #TransitionsMatter #BrightFutures

Families Of People With IDD Rebuild Frayed Ties As Pandemic Eases https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2021/05/25/families-idd-rebuild-frayed-ties-pandemic-eases/29353/

"The technology giant said that software updates coming later this year will include changes 'designed for people with mobility, vision, hearing and cognitive disabilities.’” https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2021/05/24/apple-launching-new-accessibility-features-for-those-with-disabilities/29351/

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Family engagement is only effective when *both* educators/staff and families have the requisite skills to collaborate - the "4 Cs". Learn more at BRIDGE-RI (the Home of MTSS in RI) https://bit.ly/3eBjlny @RIPIN_RI

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