Improving the Self-Determination of Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Wisconsin


Develops an education and technical assistance program for general education teachers in ten schools (five middle schools and five high schools) in Wisconsin, providing them with strategies to support student self-determination. This project takes the self-determination knowledge that ICI has gained through 15 years of working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and applies that experience to younger people to support their transition from school to work and inclusive community living. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is the lead institution on this project.

On May 14-15, 2021, the conference, "Improving self-determination of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Wisconsin," was held online. It was an opportunity to learn about the current knowledge of self-determination, the current project on improving self-determination of youths with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and efforts from local organizations and programs helping people with disabilities increase independence, and more. The keynote speakers were Brian Abery and Renáta Tichá. 

Satomi Shinde
Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership
Subcontract from
University of Wisconsin


Brian H Abery :: Senior Research Associate

Partner staff

Satomi Shinde :: Assistant Professor

Renata Ticha :: Senior Research Associate

Kristin Dean :: Director of Information Technology


  • Education practices (K12 and transition)
    • Transition planning
  • Community life
    • Self-advocacy and self-determination
  • Specific life stage
    • Adolescents and young adults
  • Employment and postsecondary education
    • Preparing for postsecondary education
  • Specific disability
    • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)


  • Technical assistance