The Self-Determined Career Development Model was designed to provide people with disabilities the knowledge and skills they need to compete for jobs they want with the potential for career advancement, higher wages, and benefits. The Self-Determined Career Development Model's purpose is to enhance consumer self-determination in order to better identify their job and career goals, develop an action plan to achieve those goals and to evaluate and modify that plan. With increased self-determination skills, people with disabilities will self-direct their vocational planning and decisions related to career changes with less reliance upon service systems.
For Professionals: Employment
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.
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.
This guide provides advisors with a variety of resources, from general information regarding disability and advocacy to specific examples of activities that promote self-determination. Multiple organizations and individuals contributed to this guide, providing first-hand information from detailed traits of effective advisors to advice from both advisors and self-advocates.
“Promoting Self-Determination for Adults: A Practice Guide” contains summaries and reviews of the four current evidence-based practices for developing self-determination for adults. A definition of each practice and its implementation are included with a summary of the research literature and an analysis of the level of evidence.
Self-Determination and Employment is the second in the series of seven issues which will focus on specific topics: self-advocacy, employment, health, community services, aging, family roles, and siblings.