Building Self- Determination

Building Self- Determination

Failing with Success

Youth with disabilities have the right to fail just like their peers without disabilities. Failing with success means that youth with disabilities are provided with the opportunity to problem-solve the failure, identify next steps, and follow-through on next steps. Finally, there is an evaluation on progress. This is one critical aspect of self-determination. Our failures count, but our responses to our failures weigh ...more »

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Early Transition

The time for transition starts early. The earlier the better. I don't think that concept is conveyed to parents early enough. If your child is in kindergarten, you're preparing them for the end goal-to be a independent adult within the community. Happy, fulfilled and engaged. Sometimes parents are relying on schools to help start the process and that doesn't always happen. Beginning transition planning at the onset sets ...more »

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collaborating w/ CILS (again)

Centers for Independent living help students with self-advocacy and self-determination. CILS maximize help maximize independent living skills (also cross referenced with employment since they do vocational assessments.)

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Transition Portfolios and Visual Resumes - Self Determination

Resumes are reviewed by employers for about 20 seconds. A portfolio provides an opportunity for the student to become aware of their own progression and abilities, and communicate their skills and goals to others in a way that a regular resume cannot. Building the transition portfolio is a process that takes a few years, so families should be gathering the pictures, certificates, letters, assessments, etc. all along. ...more »

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Classes to foster Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy

Self-determination is something that should be fostered as soon as children start making decisions. Being involved in one's IEPs, PCPs, as well as IPOSs not only empowers choices, but enables an individual opportunity to express their wishes. It would be wonderful for courses to be designed to do so, and with inclusive supports so that peers can be a part of an individual's natural support process.

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Understand Disability Impact and Communicate Needs

Helping a student understand how their disability impact their life and learning ways to communicate their needs is critical to college success. As a parent I had to learn to step away, while also being pushed away, so my daughter had to gain the skills to self-advocate her needs. I think it was tougher for me that her, but today, 5 years later she is handle all of her school engagement!

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Start in high school

Secondary educators need to maintain the same high expectations for students with disabilities as they have for other students. This is not happening.

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Self-Determination in Postsecondary Settings

What tools or knowledge would be useful to families of students with disabilities so that they can continue being self-detemined while in postsecondary settings and beyond?

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Self-determination supports should start in HS

I thought that my son's father and I had done a good job of fostering independence in our son with an intellectual disability. However, I found when he started his post-secondary program at University of Delaware that we had unwittingly been making many decisions FOR him rather than WITH him. I would love to see more self-determination efforts built into IDEA and IEPs to provide more guidance to both schools and parents ...more »

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Self determination

What issues do youth have as they make their own decisions and advocate for themselves in post-high school settings?

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