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1. the ability to function in an independent fashion.
2. in bioethics, self-determination that is free from both controlling interferences by others and personal limitations preventing meaningful choice (such as inadequate understanding or faulty reasoning). Having the capacity to act with autonomy does not guarantee that a person will actually do so with full understanding and without external controlling influences. adj., adj auton´omous.


The condition or state of being autonomous, able to make decisions unaided by others.
[auto- + G. nomos, law]


/au·ton·o·my/ (aw-ton´ah-me) the state of functioning independently, without extraneous influence.auton´omous


Etymology: Gk, autos + nomos, law
the quality of having the ability or tendency to function independently. autonomous, adj.


An individual’s right to self-determination.
The ability of an individual to exercise his or her rights, have choices respected, remain independent and be involved in his or her own care decisions.

Ethical principle of individual self-determination.
Vox populi
The personal capacity to consider alternatives, make choices and act without undue influence or interference from others.


Vox populi Personal capacity to consider alternatives, make choices, and act without undue influence or interference of others. See Functional autonomy, Physician autonomy.


nursing A patient's personal independence; of being self-governing.
[auto- + G. nomos, law]

autonomy (·tˑ·n·mē),

n a principle of medical ethics according to which a person should respect the rights of other individuals to freely determine their own choices and decisions.


Condition or state of being autonomous, able to make decisions unaided by others.
[auto- + G. nomos, law]

Patient discussion about autonomy

Q. In the future will he with ASD ever be able to live independently? I have a friend who is staying as a paying guest and is being taken care of by all our family members. In the future will he with ASD ever be able to live independently?

A. I am very much moved by your deeds.

• Many people with autism do flourish and go on to hold responsible jobs and live independently. Others have the intellectual abilities to be employed but are held back by their inability to adapt socially to the stresses of everyday life.

• The focus of every intervention program for the person with autism should be to work on helping them adapt to living in society. Their quality of life and ability to function is far more important than how they do on an I.Q. test.

Q. Where should i go when i feel down and lonely? is there like an independence way to lift my spirit?

A. I spend a lot of time in "my room". It has a window to look out and a comfortable chair to sit and think in. I can shut the door to get real quiet. I can read and study things. Reading gets my mind off of down feelings. There is also a time for going out walking. It frees my mind. When I come back I seem to have a new perspective on things. Sometimes I go and sit out in the woods for awhile where I live. I like listening to the birds and nature sounds. Its nice to see clouds going by in the sky or the stars at night. If something's really bothering you, call on someone you can trust and talk it out. Just find that activity that suits you best and get busy at it.

Q. I am wondering if there is any chance that a child with autism could lead an independent life later. My elder daughter was diagnosed with autism and I look out for information on raising a child with autism. I am wondering if there is any chance that a child with autism could lead an independent life later. I need help.

A. Hi there. Mellou here. I have a 19 yr old son that has autism. Yes I believe that children can be taught to live a independant life. My son attends a Independant Living Center to learn how to be self sufficiate and so far he is learning alot. It is just taking awhile for him to get at it and do it.
Hope this helps you hon. Good luck

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We're proud to work with Kairos Autonomi to enable this level of training for our nation's armed forces.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Kairos Autonomi, a manufacturer of the Pronto4[TM] Agnostic Autonomy System and located in Sandy, Utah, has been awarded a contract by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, Maryland, for the Navy Moving Land Target Program.
In questo labirinto di sordide trame, si dipanano alcune narrazioni parallele: la storia di un sarto che si vende ai cinesi e viene costretto dalla camorra a mollare, sino a diventare camionista; la storie di due ragazzini che si illudono di poter diventare dei malavitosi autonomi e finiscono ammazzati; quella di un ufficiale pagatore della camorra, che vive il suo mondo delinquenziale come un lavoro impiegatizio; quella di un manager (Toni Servillo, appunto) che si arricchisce trovando discariche illegali per rifiuti tossici; quella, infine, di un bambino che diventa uomo con una sorta di rito di iniziazione camorristico.
Troy Tukach, CEO of Kairos Autonomi, and Chris Brown of Autonomous Solutions struck up a conversation in the parking lot on the final day.
evidenziano le qualita letterarie ed artistiche oltre che la novita ed originalita del Liruti per "essersi' posto su d'un sentiero intentato privo di scorta", elaborando materiale altrui, ovvero riadattando, trasponendo ed estrapolando da ciascuna tragedia alfieriana, mediante il ricorso a forme originali di callida iunctura, versi interi, emistichi, sintagmi e singole parole che, considerati nel loro insieme, finiscono per acquisire risultati autonomi di rilievo sul piano creativo, (xci)
Sfido un'altra rivoluzione europea a dimostrare di essersi fondata, in poesia e nelle arti figurative, su movimenti autonomi e autoctoni, aderenti al clima della nuova societa alla quale il corso nuovo della storia stava esta dando luogo: sfido questa qualsiasi rivoluzione europea a dirci se mai ebbe alla base della propria filosofia sociale movimenti come il futurismo o il <<Novecento>> delle arti figurative.
E cio sembrerebbe dar ragione a quegli studiosi che sostengono che i manifesti di Marinetti non valgono tanto per le intenzioni che comunicano quanto come testi autonomi.
This demonstration solidifies the Pronto4 as a capable performer of convoy, resupply, training, leader / follower and testing and evaluation missions for the military," said Troy Takach, president and CEO of Kairos Autonomi.
E interessante notare come questi concetti riformisti in ambito musicale saranno sollevati in termini molto simili e del tutto autonomi dal compositore russo Aleksandr Dargomyzskij, uno dei due padri fondatori, insieme a Michail Glinka, della scuola nazionale russa, durante il suo primo soggiorno a Parigi nel 1844-1845.
16) Si pensi che la sola esperienza della <<Voce>> ha giustificato autonomi quanto articolati studi.
In questo corpus di testi Lee individua quattro motivi autonomi, non sempre compresenti: "il gatto mostruoso, Artu che sopravvive nell'Etna, Artu che cavalca una bestia cornuta, la testa che crea la tempesta" (53-54).