The Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities defines Self-Determination as:
Individuals are the primary decision maker in their lives, pursue what is important to them and have a meaningful role in the community. This includes five key principles:
- Freedom: Individuals will live a meaningful life in the community and make choices about their lives.
- Authority: Individuals will have meaningful control over a set amount of dollars that can be used to build the supports they need by purchasing only what is needed and paying for what is received.
- Support: Individuals will have support to organize resources in ways that are life enhancing and assist them in reaching their dreams and goals. Individuals have a circle of supports made up of family, friends, and both paid and unpaid supports.
- Responsibility: Individuals assume responsibility for giving back to their community, for seeking employment, and for developing unique gifts and talents.
- Confirmation: Individuals are recognized for who they are and what they can contribute, having a leadership role in developing policies that affect their lives and helping others reach success.
Creating Better Lives for Missourians with Developmental Disabilities
Conference and Workshop Information
A workshop for people with disabilities, family members and support organizations. Self-Determination means that people with disabilities are supported to be the primary decision makers in their lives, pursue what is important to them, and have a meaningful role in the community. Learn about the self-determination and individualized support practices that are currently happening in Missouri and learn from the efforts of Neighbours, Inc.
The Division of Developmental Disabilities Launches the "Future is Now" Conference Website 2012
The page features pictures of the conference as well as the following for each presentation:
- a video of each presentation,
- the powerpoint for each presentation
- David Hasbury's graphic illustration of each presentation
- A flyer for each presentation.
- Visit this page If you missed the conference, or want to review a session that you enjoyed!
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