How does Self-Determination Work?
The self-determination approach to service delivery begins with us identifying what kind of life activities we desire and what kinds of help we may need in order to attain our life goals within our communities. Assisted, if needed, by a "circle of support," usually consisting of our families, friends, and selected professionals, we decide what kind of service options will best meet our needs and life goals. While we may choose to get services or assistance through the existing service system, we can choose to go elsewhere for assistance and may utilize "natural supports," such as our families, friends, neighbors, or co-workers.
One of the goals of self-determination is to provide us with opportunities to participate in our communities in the same way other people do. Self-determination may be carried out through a number of formal process and mechanisms, including Person-Centered Planning, Person-Centered Budgeting, self and peer advocacy, and the use of third-parties to provide assistance in identifying, obtaining, providing, and coordinating desired services and supports.