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Playlist DVIA: EXCEPTIONALITIES: Student Participation in the IEP Process
DVIA: EXCEPTIONALITIES: Student Participation in the IEP Process
Encouraging the Practice of Self-Determination Skills

Self determination is believing you can control your own destiny. It consists of attitudes and abilities that lead people to set goals for themselves, and to take the initiative to reach these goals. It is about being in charge, but is not necessarily the same thing as self-sufficiency or independence. It means making your own choices, learning to effectively solve problems, and taking control and responsibility for your own life. Practicing self-determination also means one experiences the consequences of making choices. Self-determination involves many attitudes and abilities including: self-awareness, assertiveness, creativity, pride, and problem solving and self-advocacy skills. To take charge of your own life, you must be able to set goals, evaluate options, make choices and then work to achieve your goals. Since self-determination skills are most effectively learned and developed by practicing them, students with exceptionalities should be given ample opportunity to use their self-advocacy, decision-making and socialization skills well before they leave high school to prepare themselves for working and living in their community. -Adapted from the PACER Center

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Preparing to Teach/Learn about IEPs
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Preparing to Help Students Understand Exceptionalities
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Student-Led IEP Templates and Worksheets
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Organizing Materials and Information for IEP Meeting
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IEP Transition Resources
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