ERIC Number: ED442227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
"Learning Community" Discussion Paper: Self-Determination in Vermont.
Walker, Pam; Shoultz, Bonnie; Hall, Mair; Harris, Perri
A series of individual and small-group interviews on self determination for individuals with disabilities was conducted as part of the Vermont Self-Determination Project, a 3-year project to implement a statewide system change designed to allow people with developmental disabilities to have control and choice in their lives. The interviews were held with four teams, each composed of a consumer, a family member, and a service agency representative. Additional interviews were conducted with non-team project staff. Results from the interviews indicated that: (1) an important component of self-determination is individual control over lives and money; (2) self-determination must go hand-in-hand with the further development of self-advocacy; (3) it is important that agencies, families, and others work with teams to further support the growth of self-advocacy; (4) clarity is needed on areas of responsibility for individuals who elect to manage their own money through an intermediary service organization; (5) quality-of-life issues need to be examined within the context of self-determination; and (6) real choices are limited within the existing system. Success and challenges of the project and the self-determination teams are discussed. (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Disabilities, Independent Living, Individual Power, Interviews, Money Management, Personal Autonomy, Program Evaluation, Quality of Life, Self Advocacy, Self Determination, State Programs, Teamwork
Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University, 805 S. Crouse Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244-2280. For full text: http://soeweb.syr.edu/thechp.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.
Identifiers - Location: Vermont