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ERIC Number: ED442222
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Focus on Vermont's Self-Determination Project.
O'Brien, John
This paper reports on a focus group discussion held in June, 1998, in Killington, Vermont, about a 3-year project in Vermont to encourage the self-determination of people with developmental disabilities. The project has involved training of four project teams, each composed of a person with a developmental disability, a family member, and a person experienced in providing services. The responses of the 60 focus group participants are summarized in a model of self-determination involving different aspects of the individual, sources of support, and life processes and a selection of their comments concerning their understanding of self-determination, what support includes, and examples of self-determination. Also reported are system challenges identified by the group such as accounting for the system's money in a way that is clear to people and their families and potential pitfalls such as exclusion of people based on unwarranted assumptions. Finally, the most important contributions of the self-determination project are identified including strengthening of self-advocacy organizations, realization by agency managers of new ways to foster self-determination, and a reconsideration of many aspects of case management. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Vermont