Self determination is managing your own future and destiny. A self-determined individual makes their own choices and takes control and responsibility for their life and experiences the consequences of making those choices.
Ten Steps to Independence: Promoting Self-Determination in the Home
Watch this video to find out what Self Advocates say Self-Determination means to them.
In order to control and direct their own lives based on informed decisions, youth with disabilities need to be included in all components of transition planning. The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) has developed six Youth Tip Sheets to help young people think about transition issues.
Becoming a Stronger Self-Advocate
Leading Your Transition Planning
Getting Involved in Volunteering
Serving on Decision-Making Boards