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I'm Determined (Virginia Department of Education)


The I’m Determined project, a state-directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger.

Much of our work comes from research around three psychological needs: Competence, Autonomy, and Relatedness (CAR). We have found that when a person can experience high levels of CAR, it opens up greater opportunities to experience high levels of self-determination and well-being. 


After High School All Disabilities Behavior Collaboration Curriculum/Instructional Methods Early Childhood Elementary High School Individualized Education Program (IEP) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Middle School Parent/Family Preschool Self-Determination State Laws Transition