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Self-Determination

 

Self-determination means that people with disabilities have the same rights and responsibilities as everyone else. They are entitled to equal opportunities, respect, support, and authority to exert control in their lives, to direct their services, to make decisions, and to act on their own behalf.


 
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  • Members of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) have produced A Comprehensive Approach to Transition to help people work together to support the self-determined transition of youth to adulthood and community life. Self-determination means that people have a say in the important decisions of their own lives. Transition means moving from one place or stage of life to another. As youth leave school, they face several transitions.