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How Self-Determined are People with Mental Retardation? The National Consumer Survey

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Being self-determined involves having control over choices and decisions impacting on one's life. Based on an American national survey, this article captures the importance of self-determination for all people including people with intellectual disability. Individual perceptions of independence, integration and productivity were identified as reflective of the self-determination of people with intellectual disability. The method and procedures of the survey conducted are outlined and an analysis of the results triggers a discussion about realistic trends as to the extent of how self-determined people with intellectual disability appeared to be. Keyword: Self determination

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Wehmeyer, ML & Metzler, CA
Mental Retardation, Vol. 33, No. 2
American Assn on Mental Retardation
Publication Date
1 April 1995
Self Determination
United States

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