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Updated February 28, 2012

Self-direction is based on the premise that the people being supported are in the best position to know what they want and need in order to connect to other people and resources in their community. It makes the voice of the person with a disability the most important one to listen to and respect. Self-direction means that people have the opportunity to make choices and select services and supports so they may enjoy greater quality of life. Directing one's own services, such as in consumer-directed services, is an important piece of self-direction.