Self-Determination and Creating a Society for All

Just societies-societies for all-are established based upon principles such as those articulated in the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, including "respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one's own choices, and independence of persons," as stated first in the CRPD general principles. This presentation will argue that at the heart of achieving principles such as these and, ultimately, to achieve just and inclusive societies, we must focus on enabling and empowering people with disabilities to become self-determined. The presentation will provide an overview of self-determination construct, its application in the disability context, and briefly examines research pertaining to self-determination and youth and young adults with disabilities

Prof. Micheal Wehmeyer

Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D. is the Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor in Special Education and Chairperson, Department of Special Education as well as Director and Senior Scientist, at the Beach Center on Disability, all at the University of Kansas. Dr. Wehmeyer has received funding from multiple federal agencies to conduct research and model development activities and personnel and leadership preparation activities pertaining to the education and support of youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is the author or co-author of over 425 peer-reviewed journal articles or book chapters and has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 42 books on disability and education related issues, including issues pertaining to self-determination, positive psychology and disability, transition to adulthood, the education and inclusion of students with extensive support needs, and technology use by people with cognitive disabilities. Micheal Wehmeyer specializes in self-determination, the application of positive psychology to the disability context, the education of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and technology use and access for people with intellectual disability