Self-determination in the context of mental retardation: from chimera to reality?

M.ª Carmen González Torres y Feli Peralta


At present, the improvement of selfdetermined behaviour in mental retarded people is considered a most valuable educational goal. Self-determination is now the cornerstone of the new vision of disability, and that of the educational services for disabled as well as of research on special education. This article aims at reviewing the development of the selfdetermination movement and the advances in the theoretical and empirical research on this topic in the context of mental retardation.

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