Gateways to Self Determination

The purpose of this booklet is to provide an overview of activities to date of the Gateway to Self-Determination project and describe highlighted activities and products currently available.

The overall goal of the Gateway to Self-Determination is “to establish a sustainable, evidence-based training system that enhances self-determination training programs that lead to quality of life outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities throughout the lifespan.” There are a number of important beliefs upon which the National Gateway to Self- Determination project is founded. They include:

Scaling-up efforts to promote self-determination are most effective when they are conducted in an enabling context focused on the people it is intended to benefit. In the case of this project, this context is established by a social-ecological framework that acknowledges the importance of the interactions occurring between people and their environments through- out their lifespan.