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Principles for Successful Self-Determination
Monadnock Self Determination Project, New Hampshire (1996)

Freedom: The ability for individuals with freely chosen family and/or friends to plan a life with necessary support rather than purchase a program.

Authority: The ability for a person with a disability, with a social support network or circle if needed, to control a certain sum of dollars in order to purchase these supports.

Support: The arranging of resources and personnel, both formal and formal, that will assist an individual with a disability to live a full life in the community.

Responsibility: The acceptance of a valued role in a person’s community as well as accountability for spending public dollars in ways that are life-enhancing.

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