For Professionals: Family Roles

Family Focus on Self-Determination

Family focus on Self Determination is the fourth in the series of issues which will focus on specific topics: self-advocacy, employment, health, aging, family roles, and siblings.

What is Self-Determination and Why is it Important?

What Is Self-Determination and Why is it Important? - Updated
"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.

National Gateway to Self-Determination Booklet

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.

Advising Through Self-Determination

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.

Lessons Learned in Scaling-Up Effective Practices: Implications for Promoting Self-Determination within Developmental Disabilities

“Lessons Learned in Scaling-Up Effective Practices: Implications for Promoting Self-Determination within Developmental Disabilities”,fourth in the series of papers for scaling-up promotion of self-determination, details the many challenges to this effort. This paper looks at existing research on scaling-up, expanding 'lessons learned' to the area of self-determination within the field of developmental disabilities.

Self-Determination Across the Life Span: Issues and Gaps

“Self-Determination Across the Life Span: Issues and Gaps” is the third issue in a series of papers dedicated to scaling-up the promotion of self-determination. This issue synthesizes self-determination literature across the lifespan and identifies gaps between theory, research, and evidence-based practices.

A Social-Ecological Approach to Promote Self-Determination

“A Social-Ecological Approach to Promote Self-Determination” is the first issue in a series of papers to assist in the promotion of self-determination. This issue presents and outlines a social-ecological approach as a “model of intervention” to enhance self-determination interventions and efforts.

Promoting Self-Determination for Adults: A Practice Guide

“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.

Promoting Self-Determination: A Practice Guide

“Promoting Self-Determination: A Practice Guide” contains a review and summary of existing practices that enhance self-determination. Research literature is summarized, and existing empirical evidence of effective practices related to self-determination are included.

Accessing Social Capital: Implications for Persons With Disabilities

A key variable for a higher quality of life for people with disabilities is social capital. This paper focuses on the operation of social capital in the lives of people with disabilities and provides case studies of social capital at individual, group and community levels. It also discusses three necessary steps for the development of social capital among individuals with disabilities.