ERIC Number: ED305805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Transition Summary, n5 1988
This issue of "Transition Summary" contains articles about self-determination and becoming a good self-advocate, with each article reflecting the experience of someone who has grown up with a disability. "The Many Facets of Self-Determination" (Michael Ward) discusses the concept of self-determination; offers an historical perspective of the disability rights movement; and outlines the parents' role during the critical stage for self-determination, adolescence. "Who Chooses?" (Bill Mitchell) discusses the need for young people with disabilities to be involved in making decisions that affect their lives, and describes three barriers that restrict their opportunities to learn decision-making: overprotection, low expectations, and lack of stable support systems. "Self-Determination and Normalization among Adolescents: The Family as a Crucible of Values" (Rita Varela) outlines the role of the family in teaching values, the roadblocks facing disabled youth, and the strategies families can follow to overcome them. "Tim Becomes an Eagle Scout" (Bud Fredericks) describes the experience of a boy with Down syndrome who participated in an intergrated Boy Scout troop, earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and spoke about his handicap at school assemblies. Concluding the document are suggestions for parents on helping children achieve self-determination, a brief bibliography, and a list of organizations. (JDD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Interstate Research Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.; National Information Center for Handicapped Children and Youth, Washington, DC.