Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination Resources available at the Center for Disability Resources Library

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Audiovisual Resources


Beyond managed care: Self-determination for people with disabilities. Thomas Nerney and Donald Shumway. Concord, N.H.: Self-Determination for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability/UAP, 1996. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION HV 1570 N448b 1996

Career planning and job development. Lynn Noren and Anthony J. Gantenbein. Minneapolis, MN, 1990. Tools of the trade series. Call number: Disabilities-PROF HD 7252 N834c 1990

Case management for self-determination and empowerment: A facilitator guide. Minneapolis, MN: The Institute on Community Integration (UAP), University of Minnesota, 1991. Disabilities-PROF HV 1553 C337 1991

Choosing employment goals (kit). Laura Huber Marshall, James E. Martin, Laurie Maxson, Patty Jerman. Longmont, Colo.: Sopris West, 1997. Includes one book, transparency masters, a self determination assessment, and a video. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION LC 4019.7 C548 1997

Empowerment: Employment choices and self-advocacy: The key to your future. Florence, S.C.: Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc., c1999. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION HF 5381 E55 1999

Foundations for freedom: International perspectives on self-determination and individualized funding: Based on the First International Conference on Self-Determination and Individualized Funding, Seattle, 2000. Steve Dowson and Brian Salisbury. Baltimore, MD: TASH, c2001. Call number: Disabilities-PROF HV 1568 D752f 2001

Handbook of career planning for students with special needs. 2nd Ed. Thomas F. Harrington. Austin, Tex.: PRO-ED, 1997. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION HV 1568.5 H236 1997
- This practitioners' guide, sensitive to cultural diversity issues, shows how to help young people and adults with special needs find employment by identifying goals and job information. It provides problem resolution methods, as well as information regarding college planning, family involvement, and collaboration.

I can do this! An instructional unit in self-advocacy for students with disabilities. Spartanburg, S.C. : Spartanburg County School District No. 7, 1994. Call number: Disabilities-PROF LC 4019.7 I11 1994

Learning a living: A guide to planning your career and finding a job for people with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and dyslexia. 1st ed. Dale S. Brown. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2000. Call number: Disabilities-FAM HV 1568.5 B877L 2000

Making it happen: Student involvement in education planning, decision making, and instruction. Michael L. Wehmeyer and Deanna J. Sands. Baltimore: P.H. Brookes Pub. Co.,1998. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION LC 4031 M235 1998

More than a job: Securing satisfying careers for people with disabilities. Paul Wehman and John Kregel. Baltimore, Md.: P.H. Brookes Pub. Co.,1998. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION HD 7256 .U5 M835 1998
- This consumer-driven book provides professionals with step-by-step strategies for helping people with physical and developmental disabilities find meaningful employment.

My voice, my choice: A manual for self-advocates: What you need to know about participant-driven supports John Agosta, Kerri Melda, Cathy Ficker Terrill. Salem, OR : Human Services Research Institute; Cicero, NY: distributed by Program Development Associates, 1999. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION HV 1570.5 .U65 A275m 1999

Next s.t.e.p.: Student transition & educational planning (kit). Andrew S. Halpern. Austin, TX: Pro-ed, 1997. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION HD 7256 .U5 N567 1997
- This self-determination curriculum is designed to help high school students make a smooth, successful transition from school to adult life. By using the NEXT S.T.E.P. curriculum, students will learn how to take charge of their own life planning. There are 19 fully developed lesson plans that can be taught in as little as 3 months or as long as one year. The program includes an Instructor's Manual, five student workbooks, and a videotape.

A practical guide for teaching self-determination. Sharon Field. Reston, Va.: Council for Exceptional Children, 1998. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION LC 4031 P895 1998
- This guide is targeted to K-12 special education teachers/special population instructors, work experience coordinators, vocational assessment personnel, guidance counselors, and other support staff. It provides detailed reviews of over 30 curriculum materials and assessment tools in the area of self-determination.

Self-advocacy: How students with learning disabilities can make the transition from high school to college Howard Eaton. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Excel Publishing, 1996. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION LC 4096.6 E14s 1996
- From common areas of difficulty, to system tricks and tips, this book contains information that will help individuals planning on attending college to become self-advocates.

Self-advocacy groups: Directory for North America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, College of Education, Research and Training Center on Residential Services and Community Living, Institute on Community Integration. Call number: Disabilities-PROF HV 547 S4651 1994/95

Self-advocacy self-determination: An introductory overview of independence and choice for people with disabilities. [Columbia, SC] : South Carolina Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, 2006. Call number: Disabilities-TRAN HV1553 I52 2006

Self-determination. Presented by Project SIGHT. Columbia, S.C.: Project SIGHT. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION HV 1568 S465 2001

Self-determination across the life span: Independence and choice for people with disabilities. Deanna J. Sands and Michael L. Wehmeyer. Baltimore: P.H. Brookes Pub., 1996. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION HV 1553 S465 1996
- After introducing the concept of self-determination, the authors look at the characteristic alongside trust, confidence and other behaviors. Parents' roles, as well as expected outcomes of self-determination, are also discussed.

Self-determination and empowerment: For persons with disabilities, a resource guide. Institute on Community Integration: Marijo McBride, Project Coordinator. Minneapolis, MN: Institute on Community Integration, 1990. Call number: Disabilities-FAM HV 1553 S4656 1990

Self-determination profile: An assessment package. Emilee Curtis. Salt Lake City, UT: New Hats, Inc., 1996. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION HV 1570 C978s 1996

Self-determination strategies for adolescents in transition. Sharon Field, Alan Hoffman, Shirley Spezia. Austin: PRO-ED, 1998. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION LC 4031 F465s 1998
- This practical guide provides an array of information and strategies for helping to foster self-determination in students with disabilities.

Self-directed employment: A handbook for transition teachers and employment specialists. Jim Martin. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes, 2002. Call number: Disabilities-PROF HV 1568.5 S465 2002
- Make self-determination a part of daily practice in supported employment and transition programs with this easy-to-understand book, the first to offer step-by-step strategies and processes for helping people with mild, moderate, or severe disabilities make their own employment choices.

Self-directed IEP: Teacher's manual (kit). James E. Martin, Laura Huber Marshall, Laurie Maxson, Patty Jerman. Colorado Springs, Col. University of Colorado; Longmont, Col., 1996. Includes two videos, teacherís manual, and student workbook. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION LB 1027.8 S465 1996
- Multimedia package teaches students how to manage their own IEP meetings. The eleven lessons are intended to encourage student self-determination by choosing and expressing goals, and taking action in their educational, employment, personal, and daily living decisions.

Speak up for yourself and your future!: A curriculum for building self-advocacy & self-determination skills. Katie Shepherd Furney. Burlington, Vt.: Enabling Futures Project, Dept. of Special Education, University of Vermont, 1993. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION LC 4031 S741 1993
- Made up of six units, this curriculum is geared toward junior high and high school students and is designed to teach self-determination and self-advocacy.

Steps to self-determination: A curriculum to help adolescents learn to achieve their goals. Sharon Field, Alan Hoffman. Austin, Tex.: Pro-Ed, 1996. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION HV 1553 F456s 1996
- This curriculum addresses the following five key elements of self-determination: know yourself, value yourself, plan, act and experience outcomes, and learn. Major areas include identifying strengths and needs, goal setting and accessing resources and supports.

Teaching self-determination to students with disabilities: Basic skills for successful transition. Michael L. Wehmeyer, Martin Agran, and Carolyn Hughes. Baltimore: P.H. Brookes Pub. Co.,1998. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION LC 4031 W413t 1998
- Practical and user-friendly, this book assists teachers in meeting IDEA requirements and planning transition programs according to student preferences. Abundant hands-on activities provide a variety of ways to promote autonomous behavior and reinforce the learning and practice of self-realization.

Transitions to postsecondary learning: Self-advocacy handbook for students with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder. Howard Eaton, Leslie Coull. Vancouver: Eaton Coull Learning Group, Ltd., c1998. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION LC 4818.38 E14T 1998
- This handbook contains information that will help a student become a self-advocate. A description of the differences between high school and college, recommendations from other students with disabilities and resource information are highlighted in this handbook.

Unlocking potential: College and other choices for people with LD and AD/HD. Juliana M. Taymans and Lynda L. West with Madeline Sullivan. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2000. Call number: Disabilities-FAM LC 4818.5 U58 2000

Audiovisual Resources

Advocacy skills training program: (video) Assertiveness tape. New York : Young Adult Institute, 1990. Call number: Disabilities-AV BF 575 .A85 A244 1990
- Tape has 7 real life situations that show how to be assertive when you need to be.

Dare to dream from your heart and become the person you choose to be (sound recording). Sharyn Scheyd with Monica Pierre. Kenner, La.: Sharyn Scheyd, Inc., 1998. Call number: Disabilities-AV BF 683 S328d 1998
- Sharyn presents five steps to discovering and making your dreams a reality. Learn to identify your dreams, set goals, stop negative thoughts, overcome obstacles, and achieve results.

A few simple words (video). Advocating Change Together; executive producer, Mary Kay ; writer, director, camera, editor, Jerry Smith. Advocating Change Together, c1999. 31 min. Call number: Disabilities-AV HV 1570 F432 1999
- A documentary about self-advocates for people with disabilities and their allies who organized around the issue of replacing numbered grave markers at state institutions in Minnesota with proper headstones and remembering people buried there with dignity and respect.

Lasting leadership (video): Popular education and self-advocacy, a guide for facilitators. Produced by Advocation Change Together. Cicero, NY : Program Development Associates, 1999. 22 min. Call number: Disabilities-AV HV 1568 L349 1999.
- Shows how people with disabilities can change their lives and perceptions of life and gives the tools for creating change. Featuring Chris Burke of the television series "Life Goes On."

A life of choices (video): Lois and Elaine's story. Athens, GA: University of Georgia, 2004. Call number: Disabilities-AV HD 7256 .U5 L722 2004.
- Describes the lives of two women with disabilities who long to live and worn in a community free of institutional control.

Movin' on too (video). Indianapolis, Ind.: Riley Child Development Center, 1995. 11 min. Call number: Disabilities-AV LC 4813 M935 1995
- Showcases four students with disabilities who are pursuing a college degree. Cartoonist Jim Davis hosts this production with the help of his animated friend Garfield. Each story reminds us that determination is a powerful tool for achievement.

The New Jersey self-determination process (video). New Brunswick, N.J. : The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, c2003. Call number: Disabilities-AV HV 1553 N532 2003.
- The manual is a collection of resources that have been developed or collected from other sources which are of great value in the self-determination process. Topics include quality, fiscal intermediary, staffing, materials, budgeting, support brokers, person-centered planning, the New Jersey process and the history of self-determination. The 14 minute video is a collection of interviews about people's experiences with Self-Determination in New Jersey.

Planning for life: Role of direct support professionals in self-directed supports (video). Produced by the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Department of Pediatrics. Publisher Cicero, N.Y. : Distributed by Program Development Associates, c2004. Call number: Disabilities-AV HV HV 1568 P712 2004.
- Program is designed for those responsible for designing and implementing self-directed supports. It is also for people with disabilities and families to help them visualize what supports can look like when they are the ones in control.

Plans for achieving self-support video seminar (video). 1 hour. Arlington, TX: Daniel Scarborough, 1993. Call number: Disabilities-AV HV 1553 P712 1993
- A seminar that explains the essentials of social security and disabilities benefits and the elements necessary to write successful and effective plans for achieving self support.

Self-determination for persons with developmental disabilities (video). Durham, N.H. : Institute on Disability / UAP, University of New Hampshire, 1996. 13 min. Call number: Disabilities-AV WS 350.6 S465 1996
- Discusses the advantages of self-determination and presents steps to implementation.

Shaking off stereotypes (video). St. Paul, MN : Advocating Change Together, 1996. 1 video (16 min.) and guide. Call number: Disabilities-AV HV 1568 S527 1996.
- This video course is designed to help participants explore the concept of effective self-advocacy, making decisions, taking risks, setting goals, resolving conflicts, organizing for social change, and other skills.

Speaking for yourself (video). Tacoma, WA : James Stanfield & Company. 5 min. Call number: Disabilities-AV WS 350.6 S741
- A description of the self-advocacy movement for persons with developmental disabilities and their message to be recognized as people first and handicapped persons second.

Supporting self-determination (video): Strategies for direct support staff. Produced by IRIS Media Inc., 2000. 21 min. Call number: Disabilities-AV HV 1553 S959 2000
- This program presents scenarios depicting direct support staff interacting with developmentally disabled adults. Their first reaction to an individual's assertion of self-determination are shown, and then alternative behaviors that promote: developing a respectful relationship, supporting choice, encouraging new experiences, promoting informed decision-making, planning for the future and including the family.

Tools for change (video): Self advocacy: Freedom, equality, and justice for all. St. Paul, MN: ACT (Advocating Change Together), 1996. 30 min. Call number: Disabilities-AV HV 1570 S465 1996
- Highlights the history of self advocacy and the human rights movement, and then highlights the advocacy movement of people with disabilities.

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