The Self-Determined Career Development Model

Product Type

 Contact Information 

Ordering Information

Reproducible Forms,
Tools and Devices 
 Wendy Parent
 Phone: 785-864-1062 

Resources for: Professionals | General

Wehmeyer, M.L. Lattimore, J. & Palmer, S.B.
Publication Date: 2003

Direct Support Professionals, Educators, General Public, Professionals

14-21, 22-64

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

Helps Identify Personal Preferences, Promotes Choice-making , Increases Use of Personal Skills, Promotes Inclusion (school, work, community)

Community Participation, Transition, Work and Contribution


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.

How the Product was Developed

People with disabilities were involved in piloting this model, giving feedback on how it worked.

Self-determination and vocational support/job development content support this model.

How product was implemented

None, self-directed

Direct support staff, Professional staff


The Extent to Which the Product has Been Used

The information has been distributed by website, research articles, and additional grants using this model.

Website direction available

This method has been used to promote employment of students and adults with disabilities in Vocational Rehabilitation, high school settings, and other settings.

The Extent to Which the Product or Approach has Been Evaluated


  • Quasi experimental-control group studies (without random assignment to groups)
  • Pre-post outcome studies


1.) Benitez, D., Lattimore, J., & Wehmeyer, M.L. (2005). Promoting the involvement of students with emotional and behavioral disorders in career and vocational planning and decision-making: The Self-Determined Career Development Model. Behavioral Disorders, 30, 431-447. 2.) Wehmeyer, M., Lattimore, J., Jorgensen, J., Palmer, S., Thompson, E., & Schumaker, K.M. (2003). The Self-Determined Career Development Model: A pilot study. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 19, 79-87.



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