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AUCD - Self Determination Symposium: Building Capacity

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Monday, November 1, 2010 1:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Location: Potomac Room I/II

Session Description

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The objectives of this symposium are to:

  1. provide an overview of self-determination as conceptualized by the National Gateway to Self-Determination, a consortium of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (Missouri, Kansas, Oregon, New York, Illinois) in partnership with a National Self-Determination Alliance (including self-advocates, families, and numerous national partners);
  2. discuss mediating variables that lead to greater self-determination such as social supports, community networks, and social capital;
  3. provide profiles of self-advocates who are living self-determined lives; and
  4. facilitate a series of interactive conversations that link and build on each other in an effort to discover new insights into the questions and issues related to self-determination scaling-up efforts on local, state, and national levels.

The presentations and activities associated with these four objectives will reflect important beliefs upon which the National Gateway to Self-Determination is founded. They include:

  • SD is best considered in the context of a social-ecological framework
  • Development of SD is a lifelong process
  • Scaling-up SD training activities must occur within an evidence-driven framework
  • The development of SD is a means to obtaining an improved quality of life
  • People with developmental disabilities must be equal partners


Session Agenda


Mike Wehmeyer (20 minutes)
Overview of NTI Project in general and highlight products.
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Jim Gardner (20 minutes)
Social capital, self-determination, personal quality of life.
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1:55-2:15 Nancy Ward (20 minutes)
Personal reflections of self-determination and its application in her life.
2:15-2:35 Angela Novak Amado (20 minutes)
Social networking.
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2:35-3:00 Panel Q&A Session based on presentations
3:00-4:30 Prioritizing Strategies for Scaling Up Self-Determination at UCEDDs
3:00-3:10 Choose a table with new faces.
Table Facilitators (& note takers):

  1. Andy Bacon (George Gotto)
  2. Hill Walker (Jana Peterson)
  3. Tamar Heller (Ronda Jenson)
  4. Mike Wehmeyer (Susan Palmer)
  5. Tom McVeigh (Sheli Reynolds)
Speakers will also pick a table.
3:10-3:40 Round Table Discussion
Please recommend 3 strategies that your UCEDD could use to promote or scale up self-determination in your state.
3:40-4:30 Wrap-Up (Carl Calkins, facilitate)
  1. Each table facilitator will give a brief wrap-up of their discussion and recommendations.
  2. After each wrap-up, the large group will prioritize, using clickers, each table's recommendations.
  3. Time should allow for discussion of recommendations that don't receive a consensus vote.

Featured Presenter(s)

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  1. Michael Wehmeyer; University of Kansas, Co-PI for the NTI Gateway to Self-Determination
  2. Angela Novak Amado; University of Minnesota
  3. James F. Gardner; President and CEO, CQL, The Council on Quality and Leadership
  4. Nancy Ward; Self Advocates Becoming Empowered