The consumer-directed theory of empowerment

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The Consumer-Directed Theory of Empowerment (CDTE) is presented as a model for guiding the development and evaluation of disability policy and rehabilitation services. Consumer direction (CD) is a philosophy and orientation whereby informed consumers have control over the policies and practices directly affecting their lives. The major tenet of the CDTE is that increased CD in disability policy formulation and rehabilitation service delivery will lead to increased community integration, empowerment, and quality of life among people with disabilities. Applications of the CDTE include disability policymaking, service delivery and program evaluation, and rehabilitation research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-213
Number of pages18
JournalRehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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