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ERIC Number: ED469161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Taking Charge: Stories of Success and Self-Determination.
Burgstahler, Sheryl
This brochure summarizes content that is covered in the DO-IT 17-minute videotape, "Taking Charge: Stories of Success and Self-Determination." The document provides insights from successful young people and adults with disabilities associated with the DO-IT project. These insights are designed to help young people with disabilities learn to lead self-determined lives. The publication begins by defining self-determination as a combination of skills, knowledge, and beliefs that enable the person to engage in goal-directed, self-regulated, autonomous behavior. Self-determination insights organized around advice synthesized from hundreds of responses of the successful young people and adults with disabilities who contributed are then identified: (1) define success for yourself; (2) set personal, academic, and career goals and keep your expectations high; (3) understand your abilities and disabilities and play to your strengths; (4) develop strategies to meet your goals; (5) use technology as an empowering tool; (6) work hard, persevere, and be flexible; and (7) develop a support network and look to family, friends, and teachers for support. (CR)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Produced by the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) project, which is funded by the State of Washington. Funding for publication provided by Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation. Accompanying videotape is not available from ERIC.