What is Self Determination?

Submitted by sloftus on Fri, 10/14/2016 - 13:48


We believe that everyone has the right to self-determination. Self-determination is the belief that everyone has the right to control their own destiny.   Through self-determination, individuals are able to set goals for themselves, take initiative to reach those goals.  Self-determination is not the same thing as self-sufficiency or independence.  Individuals with severe disabilities have the right to self-determination, regardless of their ability to be self-sufficient or independent. To practice self-determination, individuals are given the opportunity to make their own choices, learn to effectively solve problems and take control and responsibility for their own life path.