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Essentials of Self-Determination Credits and References

Reference this module as:

Lattin, D.L., Morningstar, M.E, Field, S., Bjorkman Wade, D.K. & Hu, X. (2010). The essentials of self-determination [Online Training Module]. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Department of Special Education. Retrieved from: www.transitioncoalition.org

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