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.
Empowered – Activity-Based Self-Determination Curriculum
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Guidance for Planning Behavior Intervention for Children and Young Adults who are Deafblind or have Visual and Multiple Impairments supports educators and other service providers in developing proactive strategies in programming to reduce student stress.