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Self Determination

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Download New Fact Sheets on Mental Health and Self-Determination by Tom Nerney of the Center for Self-Determination: Fact Sheet #1, A Shift in Power, Fact Sheet #2, From Values to Policy (RTF), and Fact Sheet #3, From Policy to Practice.

Self-Determination: What Is It? Why Is It Beneficial? How Is It Best Taught? - This FOCUS on Results document examines the value and impact self-determination can have on the lives of persons with disabilities. Self-determination is the understanding and ability to act on personal strengths and limitations.


Lost Lives: Why We Need A New Approach to Quality (PDF) - In this thought-provoking paper, Center Executive Director Tom Nerney proposes that the purpose of public funding must move to a more noble goal of assisting individuals achieve lives of high purpose deeply embedded in their communities, engaged in meaningful relationships and pursuing both economic and spiritual goals.

Featured Website: The Center for Self-Determination - The Center for Self-Determination is not a place. It is a highly interactive working collaborative of individuals and organizations committed to the principles of self-determination. Hosted by Community Living Services of Wayne County, Michigan, the Center is composed of two inter-related initiatives: a grassroots movement to promote the principles of self-determination across the country and a training and technical assistance center.


Featured Website: The Center for Personal Assistance Services - The Center for Personal Assistance Services provides research, training, dissemination and technical assistance on issues of personal assistance services (PAS) in the United States. Personal assistance services (PAS) refer to help provided to people with disabilities to assist them with tasks essential for daily living. These tasks include bathing, dressing, getting around, toileting, eating, shopping, remembering things, and other activities. PAS, along with assistive technology such as wheelchairs, text readers, and hearing aides, help people with disabilities to participate in activities at home, at work, and in the community.


Microboards and Microboard Association Design, Development and Implementation by David and Faye Wetherow, August, 2003 - In recent years there has been an increasing interest in the prospect of establishing ‘Microboards’ for developing personal support services for individuals with disabilities, for obtaining and managing direct, individualized funding, and for engaging members of the larger community in purposeful personal support networks.

Self-directed Support Corporations (SDSC) and Microboards (PDF; size=101k) - What A Difference a SDSC Can Make: Joshua’s House Incorporated! by Jackie Golden "Self-directed Support Corporations (SDSC’s) and Microboards share the same philosophy. Simply put they are a small legal provider for one person with a disability, but then again, they are much more than that. Both the SDSC and the Microboard put control and direction of supports back in the hands of the person with the disability needing the supports." Read this article to learn more about this exciting concept.


Inclusion Daily Press - Your quick, once-a-day look at disability rights, self-determination and the movement toward full community inclusion around the world.
Self-Determination Technical Assistance: Creating A Learning Community - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's National Program on Self-Determination, March 1997


Self-Determination and Young Adults: Seeking a State of Mind - Parents of and advocates for children with disabilities know from experience how important it is to prepare their child and to help their child plan for the transition from childhood to adulthood.


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