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Beach Center on Disability Self-Determination Topic
This resource provides lists of research articles, tips, groups/organizations, stories, books, reports, and manuals about self-determination. It’s a good place to start searching through a variety of important documents on self-determination.


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Mithaug, D. E., Mithaug, D. K., Agran, M., Martin, J. E., & Wehmeyer, M. L. (Eds.). (2003). Self-determined learning theory: Construction, verification, and evaluation. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
This volume brings together four areas of research—choice, self-determination, self-regulation, and self-management—to form a new theory called self-determined learning. Although aimed primarily at leaders in special education, it can also appeal to researchers and scholars in psychology, educational psychology, and school psychology who are interested in the applications of self-regulated learning theory.

Holburn, S., & Vietze, P. M. (Eds.). (2002). Person-centered planning: Research, practice, and future directions. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.
This book discusses ways that person-centered planning can improve the lives of individuals with different levels of disability living in various environments. It provides instructions to help professionals assess an individual’s preferences, explores how person-centered planning can reduce challenging behavior, and gives professional development strategies for staff adopting person-centered planning. Supported by quantitative and qualitative research, this book gives professionals a complete picture of the challenges and benefits person-centered planning can bring—and equips them with strategies for making it work.

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Center for Self-Determination
This program supports the four principals of self-determination: freedom, authority, support, and responsibility. Their mission is to improve the health and health care of all Americans. This project has focused on increasing the choices for adults in managing their supports. Several states participated in this project and developed tools and practices that support persons with disabilities and promote increased control over the dollars and services that are needed for them to fully participate in their communities. Their Web site offers information, resources, practices, and links to additional self-determination sites.

DO-IT: Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology
DO-IT is a project supported by the University of Washington assisting youth and adults with disabilities to successfully pursue college and careers. DO-IT provides resources, publications, videotapes, and programs that support and promote the independence, self-determination, and full participation of youth and adults with disabilities.

National Disabled Students Union
The National Disabled Students Union (NDSU) is a national, cross-disability, student organization dedicated to social justice for all. Their mission is to mobilize and organize students with disabilities throughout the nation in order to continue the legacy of empowerment and community solidarity that is our heritage. The Web site includes a listserv, contact information, and archives of NDSU activities since they were established in 2001.

The Person-Centered Planning Education Site
Person-centered planning is an approach to empowering people with disabilities to define the direction for their own lives through development of a set of methods and resources. The focus is on people and their needs, and not on the systems that may or may not be available to serve them. This site from Cornell University provides online self-study courses to learn the basics of person-centered planning. These self-study courses each provide an introduction and overview of the topic, an activity and quiz for learner self-assessment, and a list of in-depth readings, links, and resources.

A Web site from the Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts-Boston, designed to provide information to students with cognitive disabilities who are interested in finding ways to attend college. The site includes information for students, family members, and professionals, and features a searchable database of postsecondary education programs, a discussion board designed by students, a listserv, and links to Web-based resources.

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