Self-determination is simply the idea that you should be in control of your own life. But what does having life control mean? The answer is not simple. To be able to direct your life, you need several things:
The first and most important way to start is:
Knowing what you want and need.
Once you have that understand, you will also want to:
Knowing the things you want for yourself means understanding your goals in life – having a good job, living in a nice home you enjoy; and having fun with friends, and other life goals you might have, such as faith, health, and more.
Being able to understand your needs means being able to understand what assistance you require. You should understand how your disability creates any gaps to your goals. Think about what supports you must have, and whether you need other assistance to reach your life goals.