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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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  • An overview of the vital role of Centers for Independent Living (CIL's) in the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Although CIL's vary, most provide advocacy, information and referral, independent living skills training and peer support.

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  • Positive language empowers. When writing or speaking about people with disabilities, it is important to put the person first.

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  • Self-Advocacy is involvement in your own life. It is standing up for what matters to you.  On behalf of yourself, you identify an unmet need, promote change, or remove a barrier. Read this fact sheet to learn more.

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  • National Disability Rights Network

    The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) has resources and information for health advocacy and supported decision making to support your health care decisions.

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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.