Promoting the Self-Determination of Students with Autism Across the Life Course

About the Presenter

Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D., is the Ross and Marianna Beach distinguished professor in special education, associate chairperson of the Department of Special Education, director and senior scientist at the Beach Center on Disability, and co-director of the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities within the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, all at the University of Kansas. For more info click here.  

Training Description

Research has established that promoting the self-determination of youth with disabilities, including youth with autism spectrum disorder, has benefits for both school and adult outcomes. This day-long session will introduce and provide an overview of self-determination and its application in the education of students with ASD, examine factors contributing to the need to promote self-determination, and overview the research for its importance. The development of self-determination across the life course will be discussed and evidence-based practices to assess and promote self-determination will be overviewed, including efforts to promote students with ASD in educational and transition planning. 

Training Objectives.

Participants will:

  • Understand the self-determination construct and its relevance to the education of children and youth with disabilities.
  • Examine the research base supporting instruction in self-determination and student involvement.
  • Become aware of critical skills leading to self-determination and the development of such skills.
  • Be introduced to interventions to promote self-determination and student-directed learning.
  • Be introduced to interventions to promote student involvement in education and transition planning.


6 Social Work, Mental Health, M&F CEUs will be available ($75 pre-registration; $90 on-site)

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 9:00am to 4:30pm

FAU Jupiter MacArthur Campus , ADM Auditorium 5353 Parkside Drive Jupiter, FL 33458

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