"Self-Determination truly is the engine that drives transition education," said Dr. Martin from the Zarrow Center. The ability for a student to advocate for themselves in high school directly translates to their ability to communicate effectively with future employers about their disability as well as outside agencies including a college disability services center. Self-determination includes skills related to self-awareness, self-advocacy, self-efficacy, decision-making, self-management, and self-evaluation.
AIR Self-Determination Assessments
The AIR assessments measure 2 broad components. Capacity refers to the student's knowledge, abilities, and perceptions that enable them to be self-determined. Opportunity refers to the student's chances to use their knowledge and abilities. The AIR Self-Determination Scale is available to use, free of charge.
Self-Determination for Middle and High School Students
This topic explores how self-determination, which results from the development of self-esteem, self-awareness, and other positive learning skills, helps children and teens learn to exercise personal control over their lives.
South Dakota Disability Employment Initiative Video
This 8 minute video features personal testimonies from students with disabilities on their choices to disclose or not disclose their disabilities in education and workplace settings.
Student-Directed Transition Planning
Lessons are designed to take the student through a process of gathering information from key members of the transition planning team. The process initiates a dialogue between the student, family members, and the teacher on issues regarding employment, postsecondary education and living arrangements for the student.
Student-Led IEP Template
Use this PowerPoint template to help your students design a presentation that will help them lead their IEP meeting!
The Arc’s Self-Determination Scale (SDS)
The Procedural Guidelines For The Arc’s Self-Determination Scale provides administration and scoring information for this 72-item assessment of self-determination for adolescents with disabilities. This manual provides a comprehensive discussion of self-determination and outlines use of the measure in research and applied settings.