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The Impact of College on Self-Determination

The Impact of College on Self-Determination is the sixth issue of the Research to Practice in Self-Determination Series. This edition of Research to Practice in Self Determination is a joint product of the Think College Consortium for Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the National Gateway to Self Determination. The issue explores the interdependency between self-determination and postsecondary education and reflects the many impacts each may have on a students’ path in life.

This is Your Life! Creating Your Self-Directed Life Plan

This workbook can help you figure out what you want out of life and how to get there. It will help you make plans for your own life, with supports of your own choosing. Some common goals are: 1) to make a friend, 2) to find a better place to live, 3) to get a job or a better job, or 4) to go to school. This workbook can help you accept that you are a WHOLE PERSON, with many ideas and goals. This is true no matter what hard times you’ve had or are still having.

My Health, My Choice, My Responsibility

My Health, My Choice, My Responsibility is an eight session curriculum-based group training program focusing on advocating for healthy choices on a daily basis. The emphasis is on gaining knowledge to make informed choices and the skills and tools needed to speak up for good health. Topics include being a self-advocate at medical appointments, physical activity, nutrition, being safe and healthy at home, and feelings. Participants learn the material through discussions, exercises, and visual aids.

Jim's Story

Jim's Story

A heartwarming story about Jim Poulakos told through the eyes of his sister, Essie Pedersen. Jim was born with Down's Syndrome and lived a self-determined, extraordinary life by anyone's measure, inspiring hundreds of people with his outgoing personality, kindness, generosity, and his infectious smile.

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