High expectations and the belief that work is possible are often the driving factors behind successful employment for people with disabilities.
To encourage someone to think about work as an option, ask open-ended questions. For example, you might ask, "What jobs have you had in the past?" or "What types of jobs seem interesting to you?" Once the conversation is rolling, you can acknowledge any fears or concerns — and then talk about ways to address them.
Be careful to meet people where they are, encouraging work as an option today or at some point in the future. To collect information in support of informed choice, use your current assessment tools and processes — such as a person's IEP and MnCHOICES — in a person-centered way.
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