Self-Determination for Individuals with Significant Cognitive Disabilities and Their Families

  title={Self-Determination for Individuals with Significant Cognitive Disabilities and Their Families},
  author={Ann P. Turnbull and Rud Turnbull},
  journal={Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities},
  pages={56 - 62}
  • A. TurnbullRud Turnbull
  • Published 1 March 2001
  • Psychology
  • Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities
We write this article as parents of our 33 year old son, JT, who has significant mental and emotional disabilities, and as professionals in the field of developmental and mental health disabilities. We write about self-determination, a value that we practice in our own lives and a value that we want JT (and our two daughters) to practice in theirs. In short, we want to take control of our lives in an independent fashion. We want JT to do likewise and we applaud the way our daughters have done… 

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