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By Jeri Cleveland, R. Michael Clinkscales, Nancy Hefner, David Houghtling, Cindy Kubacak, Debra Sewell
© TSBVI 2007, 444 pp Order # 59444SDC, textfile - Not Available

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At the heart of everything we want to teach our students lies a set of skills that helps them become successful members of our communities. Self-determination instruction is part of this set of skills, and is based on the premise that students must acquire specific knowledge and skills and have many opportunities to practice them. Self-determination involves knowledge of self and others, decision-making, problem solving, goal setting, personal advocacy, self-control and knowledge of how to interact with the environment to achieve desired outcomes.

The emergence of self-determination as a concept all its own allows us to target the specific skills that must be taught. Since students with visual impairments must often be explicitly taught skills before they can use them spontaneously, the Empowered curriculum, comprised of an Introduction and 23 Units, has been developed to guide the instruction of Self-determination skills. Also included is a disc that can used for making large print or embossed copies of the student activities.

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Getting Started  

Unit Objectives  


  • General Teacher Information
  • Introduction to Students
  • Objectives
  • Key Words
  • Materials
  • Activities
  • Teacher Resources

Unit 1: Getting to Know Each Other

Unit 2: Self-Awareness

Unit 3: Identifying Strengths and Challenges

Unit 4: Self-Acceptance, Coping and Compensatory Strategies

Unit 5: Self-Management: Stress Management

Unit 6: Self-Management: Self-Assessment Process

Unit 7: Personal Control

Unit 8: Communication: Basics of Communication and Active Listening

Unit 9: Passive, Aggressive, Passive/Aggressive and Assertive Communication

Unit 10: Personal Advocacy

Unit 11: Decision Making

Unit 12: Personal Values, Shared Values, Respecting Others' Values

Unit 13: Dreaming About the Future

Unit 14: Setting Long-Term Goals

Unit 15: Setting Short-Term Objectives

Unit 16: Making Action Plans (steps to reach short-term objectives)

Unit 17: Problem Solving Basics

Unit 18: Problem Solving II: Goal Assessment and Revision

Unit 19: Conflict Resolution/Negotiation

Unit 20: Rights and Responsibilities (including legal status)

Unit 21: Knowledge of Resources

Unit 22: Advocacy Within Systems

Unit 23: Where the Rubber Meets the Road


Materials Chart 

CD Materials Guide

Self-Determination Evaluation   


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