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The ARC Self-Determination Scale

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ARC Self-Determination Scale

Dr. Michael Wehmeyer and his colleagues developed and normed the ARC Self-Determination Scale to: (a) assess the self-determination strengths and weaknesses of adolescents with disabilities, (b) facilitate student involvement in educational planning and instruction to promote self-determination as an educational outcome, (c) develop self-determination goals and objectives, and (d) assess student self-determination skills for research purposes.

After students complete the assessment, the ARC Scale yields a total self-determination and four sub-domain scores.

  • Autonomy
  • Self-Regulation
  • Psychological Empowerment
  • Self-Realization
  • Total Self-Determination

The Scale administrator will need to use the ARC Procedural Guidelines to convert raw scores into norm sample percentile scores and the percentage of positive responses. The ARC Self-Determination Scale is available for you to use, free of charge (see below for permission letter). Download the Procedural Guidelines manual and ARC Scale by clicking on the links below.

For help scoring and interpreting the ARC:

Dr. Michael Wehmeyer of the University of Kansas, provided permission (ARC Permission Letter.doc)  to make the ARC Self-Determination Scale available for no charge. Users may download and use The ARC's Self-Determination Scale without further permission. Users may not modify the scale or redistribute the scale without additional permission from the copyright holder (Michael Wehmeyer).