Blueprint for Entry-Level Education. Am J Occup Ther 2010;64(1):186-203. doi: 10.5014/ajot.64.1.186.
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Self-determination is essential to achieving and maintaining independence.
An individual’s independence is unrelated to whether he or she performs the activities related to an occupation himself or herself, performs the activities in an adapted or modified environment, makes use of various devices or alternative strategies, or oversees activity completion by others.
Independence is defined by the individual’s culture and values, support systems, and ability to direct his or her life; and
An individual’s independence should not be based on pre-established criteria, perception of outside observers, or how independence is accomplished” (AOTA, 2002, p. 660).
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