What is Self Determination?

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Self-determination for a person with a developmental disability means being able to have
real control over one’s life. It is not a particular program or service. Self-determined
people have supports that are tailored uniquely and specifically to that individual.

Some people with developmental disabilities can clearly express their wishes and needs,
and are able to make choices independently. Many others can become self-determined
by having family, friends, and trusted professionals help them choose how they want to
spend their time and with whom.

For a deeper understanding of self-determination click here. Visit New York Self-Determination Coalition for transition steps, a practical guide, and more.