Self-Determination: Tools for Direct Support Staff

This toolkit gives support staff the strategies necessary to handle situations that arise while working with adults with disabilities. It offers solutions to various scenarios at the workplace, in the home and in the community through a "What Would You Do"? section. It also advises staff how to promote self-determination in persons with disabilities through videos involving decision-making, future planning and relationships. By utilizing these videos, support staff and families will be able to better handle challenging situations and be able to better assist those with disabilities to live a full life of their choosing.

I'm Determined

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.

UCEDD Self-Determination Self-Assessment Checklist

The UCEDD Self-Determination Self-Assessment Checklist is a tool and process to determine the degree to which UCEDD policies, practices, and personnel, at a given point in time, are promoting self-determination for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. Using this tool will result in a profile used to identify areas to strengthen, and to suggest resources and strategies for desired improvements in promoting self-determination.

It's My Future

It's My Future! by Bolding, Wehmeyer, and Lawrence is a National Gateway for Self-Determination publication useful for adults with developmental disabilities to prepare for their planning, individual habilitation, or person-centered planning meeting. Chapters address elements of self-determination to support choice and decision making, goal setting, and communication in meetings. In addition, It's My Future! supports setting goals in finding community supports for jobs, living arrangements, and leisure activities.

Self-Determination and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: What Does the...

This review provides a singular source for recent, influential research involving self-determination for youths and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, so as to better guide intervention and supports related to the promotion of self-determination. Wehmeyer provides summaries as well as citations of representative studies.

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.

Getting Involved in Research

Getting Involved in Research and Training: A Guide for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities" explains to people with disabilities how they can participate in research and training projects. This guide describes what research and training is and what a participant can do. It also provides examples of projects and of ways to address problems others have had when working on research and training.


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