Training Action Plan

Self-determination: Choice through the Lens of Cultural

Author(s)/Developer(s): Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development/UCEDD
Date: Not available
Publisher/Source: Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development/UCEDD
Available from: Joan Christopher, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development/UCEDD, jj485@georgetown.edu
Contributed by: Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development/UCEDD
Type: Training Material

A PowerPoint presentation, comprised of 42-slides, designed for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities which defines self-determination as a belief and process for controlling one's own life. First 19 slides clarify choice in terms of rights and responsibilities, highlights that choices have consequences, and can lead to disagreements with others. These slide also emphasize that disagreement may cause an array of emotions that may be uncomfortable but can be managed. The next 13 slides describe how an individual's culture, age, gender, and disability can influence the choices people make. These slides elaborate on what culture is, knowing when culture is the obstacle when people disagree, and the importance of respecting each person's cultural values. The last 10 slides describe strategies for self-determination and how to apply these strategies, rooted in differing cultural viewpoints and beliefs, in resolving disagreements with family, peers, service providers.

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