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.
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