Self-determination: 1. Determination of one's own fate or course of action without compulsion; free will. 2. The power or ability to make a decision for oneself without influence from outside. (freedictionary.com)
Student Led ARD's
The IEP Meeting is a natural activity to use self-determination skills!
Students learn leadership skills such as:
Guardianship removes certain rights and privileges from an incapacitated person (ward) who because of a physical or mental condition will be unable to provide food, clothing, or shelter for himself/herself, to care for their own physical health, and to manage their own finances. In Texas guardianship is approached from a least restrictive perspective which means the ward retains as many rights as he/she is capable of retaining.
Agencies and Medicaid
Adult service agencies provide assistance to persons with disabilities. Each agency has its own eligibility requirements that must be met in order to receive services. Medicaid waiver programs offer a broad range of community-based services to people with disabilities. Many have waiting lists, and they have different eligibilities, rules, and funding amounts.
Adult Living, Day Programs,
and Sheltered Workshops
There are several adult living options for adults with disabilities: ICF-MR group homes, HCS group homes, and supervised apartments. These are designed for adults who cannot live independently or may need some degree of supervision. Adults with disabilities may also participate in daily activities at a sheltered workshop or day program. A sheltered workshop is a program at which the adults do repetitive tasks and are paid a piece rate for completion of work. Day programs vary widely in activities offered, but focus on daily living skills, community outings, and functional academics, and some pre-vocational skills.
LISD Transitional Skills Program
Focus on the Future (FOF)
FOF is a community-based transition program for students with disabilities who are 18 to 21 years of age. Individualized supports for a successful transition to adult life are provided in the areas of employment, recreation/activities, social relationships, and independent living. Each young adult’s daily schedule is based upon the IEP goals and objectives that have been developed after extensive coordination and collaboration with the student, his/her parents, teachers, adult agencies, and other stakeholders.
Post Secondary Education for
Students with Disabilities
College, Technical Programs, Etc...
There are many options for post-secondary education. Colleges offer both degree and certification programs. Technical schools and apprenticeships offer technical training. Continuing education classes are offered through many school districts and community colleges. The classes provide instruction in cooking, art, dancing, GED preparation, photography, etc.