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Self-advocates talk about self-determination.


Welcome to the National Gateway to Self-Determination Web Portal, a clearinghouse on resources, training, and information on Self-Determination. This site provides a single access for self-advocates, professionals, policy-makers and the general public on the current best practices and evidence-based activities in enhancing self-determination in the lives of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, as well as any individual.

The site is an overview of the National Training Initiative on Self-Determination, which is funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD). Leadership of the National Training Initiative is comprised of representatives from five University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), also funded by ADD. The five collaborating centers are listed in the NGSD Partners section of this site.

UCEDD Leadership Consortium - National Gateway to Self-Determination

Carl Calkins, Ph.D., Co-PI
Institute for Human Development (UCEDD)
University of Missouri, Kansas City

Michael L.Wehmeyer, Ph.D., Co-PI
Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)


Andy Bacon, Ph.D.
Westchester Institute
for Human Development (UCEDD)

Tamar Heller, Ph.D.
University of Illinois, Chicago (UCEDD)

Hill Walker, Ph.D.
University of Oregon (UCEDD)