The self determination toolkit was developed for teachers, parents, students, and others who are interested in promoting self-determination within school, home, and community settings, The primary audience is special educators, although information can be used by professionals in other settings. The toolkit contains 13 lesson plans on various elements of self- determination that can be used in conjunction with a subject class or as a stand alone session.
For Families: Self Advocacy
Sessions designed to help adolescents learn how to set their own goals and deal with problems when they come up during transition.
This guide enables teachers and parents to help children become more self-determined individuals. With the help of parents and teachers, children will learn how to problem solve, set and achieve goals, and make decisions at school and at home.
The I'm Determined project, a state directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior beginning at the elementary level and continuing through the student's educational career. The self-determined student knows how to set and achieve goals and has a greater understanding of personal strengths and how to get support for areas of need.
“10 Steps to Independence: Promoting Self-Determination in the Home” is a guide for parents to help their child become self-determined. It focuses on ten key issues including exploration and self-esteem.
"What is Self-Determination and Why is it Important" is part of a multi-media product consisting of a print-based, 16-page full-color publication and an accompanying web-presence that elaborates on stories and themes introduced in the print publication. The product, both print and web-based, provides a user-friendly, attractive introduction to self-determination and its importance in the lives of people with developmental disabilities by relating the stories of self-advocates, as well as their family and support staff.
This booklet provides an overview of the activities of the NGSD project, highlighting and detailing activities such as the development of task forces and the currently available products. It also describes the beliefs behind the NGSD project and lists self-determination resources for both professionals and families.
Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy is the first in the series of seven issues which will focus on specific topics: self-advocacy, employment, health, community services, aging, family roles, and siblings.