Self-determination is your ability to take responsibility for your own life. It involves knowing who you are and who you want to be. In this section you will learn how to self-advocate and represent your own views, interests, needs, and desires in work and school settings. 

A self determined person is a person who can speak up for themselves, set goals for their life, make choices, understand options and required supports, solve problems, and evaluate outcomes. Knowledge is power. To have control of your life it is important to make informed decisions by understanding all of the relevant information and weighing the positives and negatives of the choice. 

An important decision to make in work and school settings is whether or not to disclose your diagnosis. Disclosure is a personal decision that belongs solely to the individual. In order to receive accommodations in these settings a certain degree of disclosure is necessary. 

Take a look at the skills listed under the umbrella of self-determination. By the end of this section, you will have the tools to practice and build these skills for yourself.


  • Setting long-term and short-term goals
  • Achieving goals
  • Making informed decisions independently
  • Making informed decisions with others
  • Knowing when to seek help
  • Understanding my strengths
  • Describing my strengths to others
  • Understanding my disability and limitations
  • Disclosing (or not) my disability to others
  • Describing my disability to others
  • Knowing which accommodations are effective in school and at work
Module 1 Intro
Topic 1 Think or discuss
Topic 2 Self-questionaire
Topic 3 Self-questionnaire followup
Topic 4 Strengths checklist
Module 2 Setting goals
Topic 1 Module intro  - Preview
Topic 2 Looking back
Topic 3 SMART exercise
Module 3 Disclosure
Topic 1 Disclosure  - Preview
Topic 2 Take a few moments
Topic 3 To disclose or not to disclose...that is the question!
Module 4 Accommodations
Topic 1 Accommodations  - Preview
Topic 2 Who will you disclose to?
Topic 3 How will you disclose?
Topic 4 Exercise
Topic 5 Consider the following scenario:
Topic 6 Write your own statement
Topic 7 Know your rights
Topic 8 Rights and responsibilities
Topic 9 Resources