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The I’m Determined project, a state directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to help students practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities, to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger.
I’m Determined Project Statistics:                                                              click to view larger image
  • I’m Determined has been utilized by students and professionals in      
-70 Virginia School Divisions
-30 states
-10 countries
  • There are 4 Apps available for free on iTunes or the I’m Determined website.       
  • 9 Youth Summits have been held. (The 10th summit will be held in June 2016).
  • 8 Parent Summits have been held.
IMD Web Page Highlights
You are encouraged to visit and check out all of the great information. You will find resources for youth, educators, and parents that include videos, documents, and apps. Below are a few direct links to some of the more popular areas of the site.
One Pager
The One Pager is a simple but powerful tool designed to help youth identify and express their strengths, interests, preferences, and needs. Follow this link to download the tool as a printable version, an iOS app, or a web app. You will also find examples of One Pagers at different grade levels and videos with helpful information for youth, teachers, and parents.

Good Day Plan
The Good Day Plan is a simple tool used to help youth identify the factors that play a role in whether or not they have a good day. It allows youth to view their day from beginning to end and help identify a structure/routine that enables them to have a good day. This page features downloads, apps, videos, and other great resources.
Goal Setting & Attainment
The I'm Determined Goal Plan is a visual representation of the steps needed to accomplish an identified goal. The student's goal is written in the center of the sun. Each sunray represents an outcome resulting from goal attainment. In the box that appears below the sun, the steps needed to reach the goal are listed. Visit this page for all of the downloads and resources needed to help your students begin their own goal planning.
Youth Summit 2016
The I'm Determined Youth Summit is an annual event for youth ages 14-21 that is held at James Madison University each June. Selected participants and their parent(s) spend several days learning more about being self-determined individuals. Due to high interest, the application process is very competitive. Review the linked information for tips on helping students submit a strong application.
News and Noteworthy
CEC’s Summary of Selected Provisions in Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

In December 2015, the U.S. Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act / No Child left Behind (ESEA/NCLB). This summary of selected provisions in ESSA is intended to provide CEC members with information on issues relevant to children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents. The summary includes new provisions as well as those provisions eliminated. This summary is not intended to be exhaustive of all the provisions nor reflective of CEC’s position on the provision.  Read More
Register Now!  Virginia CEC Annual State Conference: The Power of One! March 11, 2016
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Professional Development
15th Annual Commonwealth Autism Conference
Partnership Power: We're Better Together!
March 9-10, 2016
Richmond, VA
PECS Level 1 Training
February 22 & 23, 2016
Norfolk, VA
AT Symposium
Virtual TechKnowledgy
February 23, 12-1 pm & 3-4 pm
Aided Language Stimulation: An Essential Strategy for Teaching Language to AAC Users
February 25, 12-1 pm & 3-4 pm
50 Ways to Create Accessible Literacy Experiences
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 2016 Convention and Expo
April 13-16, 2016
St. Louis, MO
Keynote Speaker Dr. Temple Grandin

for more events,
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 Summer 2016
Invitation for Applications
Summit Dates:
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 through Friday, June 17, 2016
The VA Department of Education's I'm Determined project, in conjunction with the Partnership for People with Disabilities, invites applications for sponsorship to the 10th Annual I'm Determined Youth Summit at James Madison University in Harrisonburg,
For more information and to complete the application, click HERE   
T-TAC Old Dominion University  •  860 W 44th Street  •  Norfolk, VA 23508
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