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Addressing the Expanded Core Curriculum


Self-determination includes:

  • Personal decision-making
  • Self-advocacy
  • Assertiveness based on an understanding of one’s abilities and related needs.

These skills lead to competence, as opposed to learned helplessness, and are important components of positive self-esteem. Specialized instruction in developing self-determination skills can help students participate meaningfully in their educational and transition planning and make positive adult lifestyle, job, and other life choices upon graduation.