In this time of change, we want to provide supports and resources that will be helpful to people with disabilities, their families, and those that support them. Among our roles as a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, we provide technical assistance and engage in research to support our state and nation to enhance the self-determination and quality of life of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
We have compiled a variety of available resources that might be useful to support learning and engagement at home and in navigating health and safety in these changing times.
- Enhancing Self-Determination for Transition-Age Students at Home
Use this resource to explore:
- What is self-determination?
- How can students enhance their self-determination at home?
- Self-Determination Inventory System
The SDIS is a free, online system of tools that can be used to understand self-determination in young people. It includes three assessments: 1) the Self-Determination Inventory: Student Report (SDI:SR), where students (13 to 22 years old) self-report on self-determination in their lives, and 2) the Self-Determination Inventory: Parent/Teacher Report (SDI:PTR), where parents/family members/teachers can report on the self-determination of a young person, and 3) the Self-Determination Inventory: Adult Report (SDI:AR), where adults 18 and up can self-report on self-determination in their lives. The information from these assessments can be used to understand more about what supports might be helpful to enhance self-determination in the lives of young people. These assessments have accessible features built-in and can be completed in about 10 minutes.
Visit the links below and learn more about your own self-determination today!
- Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction
The Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction (SDLMI) is used by teachers to enable students to:
- Set goals
- Make choices and decisions
- Develop plans to reach goals
- Track progress toward goals
- The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is offering FREE memberships until May 31st!
CEC members have access to resources, including a recent webinar on "Teacher Special Education Online During COVID-19," and an online special education community.
- Guide to supporting Children with Autism and their families from the University of North Carolina Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
This resource highlights seven support strategies that are designed to meet the unique needs of students with autism during this period of uncenrtainty. In addition, examples and ready-made resources are included to help families implement these strategies quickly and easily.
- Distance Learning for Special Education
Resources on this website are provided by educators and families from around the world to support the needs of students with significant diabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. These materials are open source and may be adapted to fit your child or student's need.