Informed choice

Informed choice is decision making based on accurate and complete information. Informed choice happens through ongoing person-centered conversations and activities. A person making an informed choice understands the options as well as the risks and benefits of any given decision. With informed choice, community resources and supports are valued and explored.

To support informed choice in employment, understand your role and prepare yourself to take action.

For example, when you're working with someone with a disability, make sure the person understands all the options, specific ways to overcome barriers, and the potential risks and benefits of given decisions. Be sure to explore and utilize community and other informal supports and resources, including those that may not be disability-specific. Direct the person to other resources when you don't know the answers. Follow up afterward to be sure the correct connections, resources and supports are in place.  

 

Learn more

Holding engaging conversations about work: Employment First, person-centered, informed choice | Disability Benefits 101

Best practices for employment success | Disability Benefits 101

Informed choice for employment: A collaborative presentation | Disability Benefits 101

 

Tools

Implementation guide: Employment First, person-centered planning and informed choice | Disability Benefits 101

 

Videos

Make work part of the plan (4:00), plus discussion guide | Disability Benefits 101

Integrating work and benefits in person-centered planning: What needs to change (10:00) | Disability Benefits 101

Think differently: Challenging misconceptions about work (12:00) | Disability Benefits 101

Communicate differently: Changing the conversation about work (3:52) | Disability Benefits 101

Work differently: Best practices to improve work outcomes (14:25) | Disability Benefits 101

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