ERIC Number: EJ775092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 17
Self-Determination and Individuals with Severe Disabilities: Re-examining Meanings and Misinterpretations
Wehmeyer, Michael L.
Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), v30 n3 p113-120 Fall 2005
Although some progress has been made, the belief that students with severe cognitive and multiple disabilities will not or cannot become self-determined remains a barrier for many such students. This article revisits topics that were identified in Wehmeyer (1998) as contributing to this problem, with a particular focus on definitional issues pertaining to self-determination and control. In light of this discussion, a modified definition of self-determination is proposed and the importance for moving in this direction is discussed.
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Empowerment, Personal Autonomy, Self Determination
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