I'm Determined

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Contact Information

Ordering Information

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DVD, Reproducible Forms, Tools and Devices, Trainer's Guide or Manual, Video
John McNaught
mcnaugjt@jmu.edu Phone: 540-568-2641

Resources for: Families | People with Disabilities | Professionals | General

Virginia Department of Education
Virginia Department of Education
Publication Date: 2011

Direct Support Professionals, Educators, General Public, Parents, Policy-makers, Professionals, Self-advocates, Service Coordinators/Supports Brokers

Birth-4, 5-13, 14-21

Self-advocacy, Decision-making, Self-sufficiency, Personal Responsibility, Problem Solving, Coping, Self-regulation, Self-management, Goal-setting, Social Effectiveness, Social Competency

Increases Use of Personal Skills, Advances SD-favorable Funding, Promotes Inclusion (school, work, community), Helps Identify Personal Preferences, Promotes Choice-making, Educates Others About SD, Supports Friendships, Social Networks

Community Participation, Education and Lifelong Learning, Future Planning, Person-Centered and Student-centered Planning, Relationships, Self-advocacy and Leadership, Self-directed Services & Supports, Transition, Work and Contribution


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.

How the Product was Developed

We have a youth leadership team of 25 youth from across Virginia that direct the youth-focused events and we hold a Parent Summit concurrently with our yearly Youth Summit to solicit feedback.

How the Product was Implemented

The website has section titled "Modules". Any professional can work through the modules and acquire a thorough understanding of self-determination and the I'm Determined Project.

Computers, Materials/Handouts

The Extent to Which the Product has Been Used

We are in our 6th year as a state-directed project. We have over 40 participating school divisions in Virginia. The information has been disseminated through statewide trainings and the website.

The website is designed as an implementation guide. No further technical assistance is necessary.

We have 40 school divisions and state operated programs implementing the I'm Determined Project including pre-k through post-highschool programs.

The Extent to Which the Product or Approach has Been Evaluated


  • Case studies
  • Qualitative studies
  • User satisfaction studies


In editing now, plan to publish.

The project conducted a qualitative study based on the pilot school divisions.


Resources for: Families | People with Disabilities | Professionals | General

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