What is Self-Determination?

Self determination is a combination of skills, knowledge and beliefs that enable a person to set goals, make choices, and act responsibly to meet their goals. People who are self-determined understand their strengths and limitations and sees themselves as capable and effective.  Self-determined people have skills that allow them to do things we think of as things adults do.

Many students who are deaf-blind have limited opportunities to practice self-determination skills.  We hope the resources on this page will help families and schools find ways to develop self-determined young adults, ready to enter the adult world.

Listen to what some young adults who are deaf-blind have to say about self-determination.