National Goals Conference: Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy Strand

National Goals in Research, Practice and Policy for and with People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


Setting a National Agenda for Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy Research, Practice, and Policy

In August 2015, a National Goals in Research, Policy, and Practice working meeting was held in Washington, DC to summarize the current state of knowledge and identify a platform of national goals, organized by 10 focus areas, in research, practice, and policy in intellectual and developmental disabilities. The products were developed in each strand for a variety of audiences with the overarching goal of advancing a research agenda that will influence policy and practice for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities over the next 10 years.

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Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy Issue Brief: Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy by People with IDD

Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy Journal Article: Recommendations of the Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy Strand From the National Goals 2015 Conference
Karrie A. Shogren, Brian Abery, Anthony Antosh, Ricky Broussard, Barbara Coppens, Chester Finn, Amy Goodman, Cheryl Harris, Jennifer Knapp, Jonathan Martinis, Ari Ne'eman, Tia Nelis, and Michael L. Wehmeyer (2015).
Recommendations of the Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy Strand From the National Goals 2015 Conference. Inclusion: December 2015, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 205-210.
Abstract: This article reports the recommendations of the Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy Strand from the National Goals 2015 conference. The recommendations provide direction on research goals to advance policy and practice related to self-advocacy and self-determination over the next 10 years. Seven recommendations and multiple sub-recommendations were developed over a 2-day meeting by leaders in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The recommended goals provide direction for research initiatives related to collective self-advocacy and personal self-determination. Implications for the field are discussed.

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