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ERIC Number: EJ926356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1934-9556
Exploring the Perceptions of Self-Determination of Individuals with Intellectual Disability
Shogren, Karrie A.; Broussard, Ricky
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v49 n2 p86-102 Apr 2011
Interviews were conducted with 17 individuals who had intellectual disability to expand our understanding of the impact of self-determination in their life. Themes emerging from the interviews were grouped into three categories: meaning of self-determination, learning about self-determination, and dreams for the future. Participants described self-determination as being able to make choices and be in control of one's life and setting as well as being able to work toward goals and engage in advocacy. Participants discussed the importance of supports for expressing self-determination and identified environmental characteristics that promoted and inhibited self-determination. Overall, their perceptions confirm the importance of promoting personal development of skills and attitudes associated with self-determination and systems change to create environmental opportunities for self-determination and causal agency. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 7065, Lawrence, KS 66044-7065. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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