Self-Determination for Students with Visual Impairments

Self-determination means understanding one's abilities and making one's own choices, and is one of the foundations of independence and adult responsibility. In this section are resources for students, families, teachers, and professionals in understanding and fostering self-determination in students with disabilities.
 
Self-determination is one of the areas addressed in the Expanded Core Curriclum.  Additional information is available in that section of Scout.
 
 
Council for Exceptional Children
This 185-page guide addresses the importance of self-determination, student involvement in the transition process, instruction and assessment, and much more (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
 
Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind
Dr. Penny Rosenblum, of the University of Arizona, discusses the development of navigational and social skills for youth who are visually impaired and unable to drive. Dr. Rosenblum also shares personal experiences with the impact of a visual impairment on the lives of young people.

 

Web-Based Organizations & Internet Resources

National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness 
NCDB provides links to their products, articles and other publications, bibliographies, and Internet resources on a wide range of topics, including Self-Determination.