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Creating a Path to Accessible and Affordable Inclusive Housing. SELF-DETERMINATION in Missouri . Updated 4/08/13. Training Objectives. Understanding Self-determination Tools available that support Self-determination

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self determination in missouri

Creating a Path to Accessible

and Affordable Inclusive Housing


Updated 4/08/13

training objectives
Training Objectives
  • Understanding Self-determination
  • Tools available that support Self-determination
  • Creating a PATH to Accessible and Affordable Inclusive Housing
what is self determination
What is Self-Determination?

Being self-determined involves choosing and setting goals, being involved in making life decisions, self-advocating, and working to reach goals.

A person acting in a self-determined way has a voice in the decisions that affect them and is causing things to happen in his or her own life.

self determination individual level
Self-DeterminationIndividual Level

The steps individuals take to become the primary decision maker in their life and the things they do to improve your life

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Self-DeterminationIndividual Level
  • Making choices about everyday activities
  • Setting priorities
  • Identifying strengths, interest and preferences
  • Setting goals and indentifying the barriers that may be encountered
  • Understanding rights and responsibilities
the dd act ensures that an individual with assistance
The DD Act ensures that an individual, with assistance:
  • has the ability and opportunity to make choices and decisions;
  • has the ability and opportunity to exercise control over services, supports, and other assistance;
  • has the authority to control resources and obtain needed services;
  • has the opportunity to participate in and contribute to their communities;
  • has the support, including financial, to advocate, develop leadership skills, become trained as a self-advocate, and participate in coalitions and policy-making.
the division of developmental disabilities mission
The Division of Developmental Disabilities Mission

Improving lives for Missourians with developmental disabilities through supports and services that foster self-determination

MO DDD Priorities for 2013


Supporting Families

Individual Services and Supports

Employment First

Accessible Housing

the division of developmental disabilities defines self determination
The Division of Developmental Disabilities defines Self-Determination:

Individuals are the primary decision maker of their lives, pursue what is important to them and have a meaningful role in the community.

Based on 5 Principles:

  • Freedom
  • Authority
  • Support
  • Responsibility
  • Confirmation
self determination principles
Self-Determination Principles
  • Freedom: Individuals will live a meaningful life in the community and make choices about their lives.
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Self-Determination Principles
  • Freedom:


Jessica Wohlers

And Coco

“I have Coco my cat, live by myself and let people know when I want to be alone”

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Self-Determination Principles

Authority Individuals will have meaningful control over a set amount of dollars that can be used to build the supports that they need by purchasing only what is needed and paying for what is received.

Life, not a program

You pay for only what you need

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Self-Determination Principles

Authority Meet

Shirley Lee

“Go for it, it is wonderful to know you are in charge of your home”

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Self-Determination Principles

Support: Individuals will have support to organize resources in ways that are life enhancing and assist them in reaching their dreams and goals. Individuals have a circle of supports made up of family, friends, and both paid and unpaid supports.

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Self-Determination Principles

Support: Meet

Jared Niemeyer


Max Homor

Max wants everyone to know that you need to make sure that you safe in your home. Jared wants you to know that “all people should be able to live in the community of their choice because it makes them more independent and they can make their own life” He says that having a job makes being independent even more cool.

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Self-Determination Principles


Individuals assume responsibility for giving back to their community, for seeking employment, and for developing unique gifts and talents.

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Self-Determination Principles

Responsibility Meet

The Barker’s

Richard and Bertha

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Self-Determination Principles


Individuals are recognized for who they are and what they can contribute, having a leadership role in developing policies that affect their lives and helping others reach success.

Nothing about me without me!

My Life

My Way

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Self-Determination Principles

Confirmation Meet



“I live by myself, I control the tv and volume and working to have more time alone”

mo housing
Mo Housing

Having a home of your own is a dream of many Americans. The primary goal of the Missouri Inclusive Housing Development Corporation(MoHousing) is to assist individuals with disabilities in finding a home. Whether you choose to rent or purchase, MoHousing, a not-for-profit corporation, can provide information to help you live where you desire, in a home that accommodates your needs.

*Funding provided by the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council under provision of the PL106-402, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.

Tools to Increase Self-Determination

mo family to family resource center
Mo Family to Family Resource Center

Tools to Increase Self-Determination

charting life courses
Charting Life Courses

A Guide created for individuals, families, professionals and other community members which offers questions in order to plot a course towards a meaningful life and afford opportunities across a lifespan to foster self-determination.

Tools to Increase Self-Determination


A Lifebook is a collection of words, photos, graphics, artwork, and memorabilia that creates a life record.

  • Self-advocacy
  • Records Information
  • Communication
  • Builds Understanding
  • Tool for planning

Tools to Increase Self-Determination

success in telling your story
Success in Telling Your Story







Training series broken into 7 chapters with story development worksheets, video and train the trainer workbook.

Tools to Increase Self-Determination

disability benefits 101
Disability Benefits 101

Tools to Increase Self-Determination

social capital web
Social Capital Web

You may have more Social Capital then you think!

Social Capital is the formal and informal support networks that provide you with access to resources. 

Tools to Increase Self-Determination


Tools to Increase Self-Determination

project stir
Project STIR
  • Project STIR is an 8 week course covering the topics of:
  • 1) Knowing Yourself
  • Communicating Assertively
  • Problem Solving & Negotiating
  • Rights & Responsibilities
  • Self-Advocacy & Self Determination
  • Being a Part of the Community
  • Starting a Self-Advocacy Group
  • Graduation

Project STIR (Steps Toward Independence & Responsibility) is a peer to peer training which is: designed to empower individuals to become leaders. to increase for self-advocacy and help individuals make choices & decision about their own lives

Tools to Increase Self-Determination

real voice real choices conference
Real Voice Real Choices Conference

Who’s Invited: Self advocates, family members, friends and professionals

Purpose: Self advocacy, employment, empowerment

Registration Cost : Very affordable! Includes two nights at Tan-Tar-A Resort!!

What will be there?: Excellent Inspirational Speakers, Informative presentations, Prize drawings, Art Room, Karaoke, Exhibits

August 18-20th 2013

Tools to Increase Self-Determination

people first
People First

People First of Missouri is a statewide organization that promotes equality for people with disabilities so they can live the life they want in the community. 

national gateway to sd
National Gateway to SD

Tools to Increase Self-Determination

missouri self determination association mo sda
Missouri Self-Determination Association MO-SDA

MO-SDA believes that individuals need to be the primary decision maker in their lives, pursue what is important to them and have meaningful roles in the community.

Tools to Increase Self-Determination


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