What is Self Determination and Why is it important - Video


Welcome to the National Gateway to Self-Determination Web Portal, a clearinghouse for resources, training, and information on promoting self-determination. This site provides a single access for self-advocates, professionals, policy-makers, families, and the general public on the current best practices and evidence-based activities in enhancing self-determination in the lives of people with intellectualand developmental disabilities.

The site is a dissemination source for the National Training Initiative on Self-Determination, which is funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD). Leadership of the National Training Initiative is comprised of representatives from five University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), also funded by ADD. The five collaborating centers are listed in the Our Partners section of this site.

UCEDD Leadership Consortium - National Gateway to Self-Determination

Our Mission

The National Gateway to Self-Determination is a consortium of five primary University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) and the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD).

The overarching goal of the NGSD is to assist in reducing the gap that exists between the promise and reality of efforts to promote self-determination by the adoption of a social-ecological model for evaluating and dissemination information about promising and evidence-based methods, materials, and strategies that promote self-determination and improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilitites throughout the lifespan.