ERIC Number: EJ950980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
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"I'm Supposed to Be in Charge": Self-Advocates' Perspectives on Their Self-Determination Support Needs
Nonnemacher, Stacy L.; Bambara, Linda M.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v49 n5 p327-340 Oct 2011
In this qualitative interview study, we explored the perceptions of adults with intellectual disability regarding interpersonal or social supports needed to express their own self-determination. Specifically, 10 adults, all members of a self-advocacy group, were asked to discuss their understanding of the term "self-determination" and ways in which support staff have either supported or inhibited their self-determination. Ten themes characterizing supportive and impeding staff actions were identified. The need for greater exploration of environmental and social influences on self-determination is emphasized.
Descriptors: Adults, Attitudes, Self Determination, Mental Retardation, Self Advocacy, Social Influences, Environmental Influences, Employees, Interviews
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: AJMR@allenpress.com; Web site: http://aamr.allenpress.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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