Self Determination

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Self Determination

People who are self determined know themselves well and take action to attain what they need and want. They make choices, exercise their unique perspective and skills, and contribute to their community.

Research shows that youth with self determination skills and experiences are more likely to reach their personal goals and enjoy their lives after high school.

Every post and every resource on this site aims to foster your child’s self determination. The tools featured on this page explicitly target specific self determination skills.

How this works

We’ll add new tools regularly. Want to know about new additions? Sign up for our transition news and resources (see blue arrow upper right).

When you click on a link below, you’ll go to a post that will explain the tool. The post will include a free download link.

Self Advocacy Online: Empower & Connect – New!

Self Advocacy & Leadership Modules – By Youth for Youth 

Talking with kids about “hidden” disabilities

What’s the 411 on Disability Disclosure?

Teaching Kids a Practical Strategy for Everyday Problem Solving

Toolkits – By Youth for Youth

Teaching Kids to Plan and Take Action Toward Personal Goals

Think – Plan – Do

Self-Directed Transition Planning

Personal Preference Portfolios for Youth with Limited Communication

Empowerment As a Way of Life

Questions or suggestions?

Perhaps you’re wondering which tool to choose, or how to use a particular tool. Or maybe you’d like to suggest a tool for us to add here.

You can email me by clicking on the white envelope in the “Let’s Connect” section of the sidebar. Or you can use the comment section below so we can all join the conversation. I look forward to hearing from you!

Enjoy the journey!

This is an exciting time for your child. Sure, there will be bumps along the way. But there’s much joy, too! As you listen to and learn from one another, your relationship with your child will grow in new ways. Enjoy the journey!

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