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Self-Determination is...

...a fundamental human right meaning that all people have the freedom to decide how they want to live their lives, where and with whom.

To that end, relationships with others should be encouraged to grow and be protected. All individuals have the ability to contribute to their community in a meaningful way.

Community membership includes having an opportunity to be employed, to have your own home and be involved in the routines of community life. 

As individuals gain control over their lives and resources, they will assume greater responsibility for their decisions and actions and should receive the support they need to do so. This support comes in many forms, not always from a paid support system. In fact, the goal of the support system should be to remove barriers.

Having a choice

Working toward goals

Being in control

Making your own decisions 

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