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Learning Disabilities

A Home of My Own

friends movingIn 1997, in New Jersey where I live, a new option for residential placement was made available for people with disabilities. This option is called “self-determination.” Self-determination is a concept that supports people with disabilities, helping them live inclusive lives in their communities. The principles of self-determination are:

  • Freedom – To choose where I want to live and who I want to live with.
  • Authority – To control the money that I need and to hire and fire staff that I need to assist me.
  • Support – To help me continue to grow and reach my dreams in a safe and secure environment in natural community settings.
  • Responsibility – To spend money wisely and contribute where I can.
  • My transition from childhood to adult life and self-determination in New Jersey have both shared the common goal of encouraging full participation in community life. How grateful I am that my parents never lost their inclusive vision that has led me to a life of independence. I am also grateful to all the fine people who listened to what I felt was important in my life and continue to support me on my journey. It is a great journey, and I am enjoying my life.

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