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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“Seek the World” is a video platform started by two individuals who are deaf. Follow along with one of the co-founders as he travels worldwide, sharing videos about different cultures, experiences, adventures, and more in English and American Sign Language:https://bit.ly/3aCkjBD

Thank you to the ENTIRE @RISenate for its support of long-term rate reform for providers of services to people with disabilities.

This legislation is gaining bipartisan support because it impacts thousands of Rhode Islanders.

Let’s pass S2311 this session.

Did you know that Dan and Samuel Habib are producing a new film called My Disability Roadmap? And did you know that they are partnering with MCIE to hold a virtual screening and discussion of this film? Join us on May 26 at 3 pm ET: https://tiny.one/MyDisabilityRoadmap

Enjoyed this interview btw Drs. Sharon Field & Mike Ward on @2BSDonline - Look at the impact when everyone advocates! #StudentLedIEP mtgs is🎯! @AllisonLombardi @VCU_CTI @nelliet11 @ED_Sped_Rehab @JSIiams @ncldorg @OhioEngage @RITransition @tn_transition
https://www.beselfdetermined.com/blog/thinking/an-interview-with-dr-michael-ward/

Thank you to our Regional Transition Coordinator, Kerri Collins for her great work with our awesome Secondary Special Educators yesterday! Lots of great resources and feedback! @RITransition @ameyer1026 @EGPSAsstSuper @KenHopkinsJr @dtober9

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What a way to end spirit week! WWHS has about 1,250 people in it on a daily basis (students & staff combined). Imagine spending 180 days a year in a building that’s such a fantastic place to be, even on the hard days?!? Today was a good day! (Even if the seniors wore purple 🤷🏻‍♀️)

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A great job coach can make a difference for people with disabilities seeking employment! Our leader Laura Owens just spoke in a webinar, Job Coaching 101: A Toolkit for New Coaches by the Hawaii Department of Education, for Educational Assistants & Behavioral Therapists.

Thx for the RT @RITransition. We ❤️ what @AbbyHughesSPED wrote too about how this tool leads to empowering conversations btw #childrenwithdisabilities and their #families! Families could be resources in transition planning too! Its not who you know, but who knows you! Thx again!

Why I feel things are looking up, by @think_inclusive https://weeklyish.substack.com/p/hope-looking-up?r=yu4rv&s=r&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

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