For People With Disabilities: Community Living

It's My Future iPad App

New at the iPad App Store from the National Gateway to Self-Determination, a National Training Initiative funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the It’s My Future! a

Tonya's Story

Tonya - Austin, Texas

Tonya has a very powerful story. In this video she talks about moving from Chicago, Illinois to Austin, Texas. She outlines the steps she took to make sure the move was successful and then discusses the things she did to become a part of her new community, such as acting and dancing. She also talks about a "New Self-Advocacy" that is about being comfortable with who you are.

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Lindsey's Story

Lindsey - Edmond, Oklahoma

Lindsey is a self-determined individual with her own home, job, car, and interests, such as ballroom dancing, of which she participates in various competitions.

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Cole's Story

Cole - Lawrence, KS

Cole is a self-advocate who has a great definition and experience of self-determination. He talks about getting a job, being a home owner, and caring for his dog--all examples of living a self-determined life.

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Chad's Story

Chad - Danbury, CT

Chad, a self-advocate, describes how he was able to take control of his own life through various organizations in his area and the power of self-determination.

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The Arc's Self-Determination Scale

The Arc's Self-Determination scale is a measure designed for adolescents and young adults with disabilities to determine to what degree the individual is acting as the primary agent of his or her life. A manual to help ensure the scale is used correctly provides a guide for use and scoring of The Arc's self-determination scale.

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