Meet Our Team
Self-Determination is a natural development of the Person-Centered Planning process. Self-Determination assures people with intellectual/developmental disabilities the authority to make meaningful choices and control their own lives. ... It involves providing choices and new experiences.
Meet Our Independent Facilitators
Tamra Pauly has been involved with the Self Determination process since 2015, attending advisory committee meetings and trainings as this movement evolved into what it is today. She is certified in Person-Centered Employment (ACRE) and has trained in Maps and Paths and Person-Centered Thinking. She has been a working Independent Facilitator since 2019, and has completed over 20 person centered plans and has 11 families in full Self Determination with more in process.
She is also a trainer for the LAPD and together with her son they work with the Mental Evaluation Unit to help officers understand what autism looks like and how to communicate with limited speakers like her son, Matt, who is now 30. She has trained over 6,000 officers.
My husband and I are parents of 3 boys. Our oldest son was diagnosed with autism in 2006. As a former teacher, I had experience on the other side of the IEP conference table, and now I found myself in the much harder position as a parent at the IEP table. Although my husband and I were both educators, we still had an impossibly difficult time getting our child services through the school district. I started to help other parents when I could. Throughout the years, like most parents of a child with special needs, we feel we have earned “honorary degrees” in special education, social work, nursing, insurance billing, advocacy, etc. I have been active in working with my son and working to create positive change in my community. I have been a member of the Community/Legislative Committee as well as the SGPRC Board from 2009-2013. I am currently a Board member of the Parents Place Family Empowerment and Resource Center and the President of the Rowland Unified School District Special Education CAC Community Advisory Committee. I am also proud to be a Teach For America Corp Member Alumni