Discussions about power and control have been advanced by the focused work of the Center for Self Determination. The Center has identified the following Principles of Self Determination:
These principles require that individuals must have the authority, power and resources to control their own destinies. This includes the authority to plan their own futures, and directly negotiate for funds which will assist them in realizing their dreams. It includes the fact that the individual is aided and abetted in planning and negotiations by those people (family, friends, advocates), and only those people, chosen by the individual.
A focus on self determination involves empowering individuals – arming individuals with the tools they need to control their lives. We have also gained an increasing understanding of the need to empower communities. One of the unintended outcomes of the growth of the human services sector is that individual citizens, neighborhoods, and community organizations have come to see the issues facing people with developmental disabilities as being solely the concern of government and agencies.