Self-Determination and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: What Does The Research Tell Us?

There exists an already substantive and still growing literature base pertaining to self- determination and people with disabilities. The intent of this slide show is to provide a synthesis of major findings in the area of self- determination pertaining to youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Going to College: Expanding Opportunities for People with Disabilities

A college education can open the door to greater participation in the workplace and community. With this urgently needed, research-based book, readers will learn what they can do to make this crucial opportunity available to young people with a wide range of disabilities.  Professionals who work in high schools and colleges — including disability service coordinators, guidance counselors, administrators, and general and special educators — will use this important resource to

  • help students make all of the necessary preparations, including selecting a college, applying, determining eligibility for services, and securing financial aid

  • create welcoming college classrooms through the use of universally designed instructional strategies, assessment methods, and accommodations and supports

  • address the specific needs of students who have psychiatric disabilities, learning disabilities and ADHD, and developmental disabilities

  • promote the important concept of self-determination to aid students in their transition to college life and professional life

  • learn students’ rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act

  • help students practice for and make the transition to the working world, using resources such as internships, career centers, and business partnerships

 Filled with case studies, best practices, program guidelines, and strategies, this is a required resource for anyone who educates or coordinates services for individuals with disabilities. Readers will discover their part in helping young people gain access to a meaningful college education — one that promotes independence and responsibility, sharpens social skills, and builds a strong foundation for a successful career.

Website: Securing a Future for Your Child with an Intellectual Disability


Securing a Future for Your Child with an Intellectual Disability


Making decisions for a grown up child with a disability is complicated. This document will help you answer the following questions:Who’s in charge of key life decisions.Whether your adult child is eligible for government support.What kind of jobs and day support programs are available.Which recreational activities are best.How he or she will get around.Where they’ll live.Even if your child won’t graduate from the school system until age 22, several steps must be taken by the time your child reaches age 18. Read through this document and watch for items marked “ASAP” for steps to take right away. Or read through the “Checklist for Parents” for decisions to be made beginning at age 12.


Submitted by Stephanie Sampson (Available thru Arc of Northern VA)