ERIC Number: ED493131
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Self-Determination for High School Students with Disabilities. Data Trends #94
Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health
"Data Trends" reports present summaries of research on mental health services for children and adolescents and their families. The article summarized in this "Data Trends" discusses a primary goal of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health--to transform the existing mental health system into one that provides meaningful choices and is consumer and family centered. Self-determination is also a central tenet in the broader field disability studies. If self-determination is to become a reality for high school students with mental health and other disabilities, it is important to understand how parents and teachers perceive students' choices in the school setting. The results of the study reported here found that almost all parents agreed that students with disabilities, regardless of type of disability, should be taught self determination skills in school, and should be skilled and informed participants in IEP meetings. The authors make a number of recommendations for practice, including changes to the training of general educators in particular, ongoing professional development and support, and the development of materials and programs to support parents. [This "Data Trends" presents a summary of: Grigal, M., Neubert, D. A., Moon, M. S., & Graham, S. (2003) Self-determination for students with disabilities: views of parents and teachers. "Exceptional Children," 70(1), 97-112.]
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Attitude Measures, Student Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Individualized Education Programs, Self Determination, High School Students, Mental Health, Health Services, Disabilities, Decision Making, Faculty Development, Student Participation
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: High Schools
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.
Authoring Institution: Portland State Univ., OR. Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health.; University of South Florida, Tampa. Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health.