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Promoting Self-Determination Across the Lifespan

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Self-determination is the process by which a person controls their own life; their individual way of thinking and making decisions without outside influence. In this workshop, you’ll learn about self-determination and why it’s so important for individuals on the spectrum to begin developing these skills at a young age. This workshop will discuss strategies for various stages of development and will share the “One Page Profile”: a tool to assist in self-determination in a variety of settings.

Self-Determination Workshop Flyer Feb. 9

About the Presenter

Jackie Ryan has worked in the autism field at the Centre for Autism Services Alberta for nearly 20 years and is a PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Alberta. She holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University where her research on leadership to promote self-determination of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder won the University Founders’ Award.  Her current research is on understanding autonomy and autonomy-support from the perspective of autistic adults with intellectual disabilities using a community-based participatory research approach. She will be utilizing novel methods to understand the perspectives of autistic adults who are unable to reliably report their inner thoughts and ideas. Jackie is autistic herself, as well as mom to an autistic young adult son. She is passionate about the inclusion of autistic people in all that affects them including research, policy-setting and service provision. Jackie views autism with a neurodiversity lens and is interested in recent research that calls into question the assumption that autistic individuals struggle with social communication and that perhaps it is a two-way problem.


One Page Profile Portrait Template

Self-Determination Slides

Centre for Autism Services Alberta - Edmonton
Location Address
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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