The present work is a master thesis at the Karl-Franzens University. The work isfocused on the possibilities and limits of self-determination for people with severedisabilities. Following the theoretical considerations in the first part of the work, thesecond portion of this work will be followed by an empirical study, which explicitlydeals with the possibilities and limitations of self-determination in working with peoplewith severe and severe multiple disabilities. The historical change in dealing withpeople with disabilities as well as the historical development of the idea of selfdeterminationconveys a sense of the need to the issue disabilities and selfdetermination.Another chapter deals primarily with the legal situation of people withdisabilities, but also with the duties and the role of the employees. Furthermore, thiswork deals explicitly with the term self-determination in working with people withsevere and severe multiple disabilities. The difficulties and necessary conditions ofself-determination will be developed in another chapter. The empirical part of thiswork may be referred as an evaluation research, as the research is concernedspecifically with the collection of information about the possibilities, difficulties andlimitations of self-determination for people with severe and severe multiple disabilitiesin a day-care center in Graz. As part of this research, an actual state survey wasconducted to determine the level of development of the people with disabilities. Aspart of an organized setting together with the educational team of the day-care centerwere drawn up new possibilities for self-determination and consequently attemptingto integrate them into the educational life of the day-care center. The evaluation ofthis project was based on a survey of employees by expert interviews. The analysisof the interviews was conducted in accordance with the guidelines of qualitativecontent analysis by Mayring.