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It's Your Choice

Woman at a Crossroads

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What is making a choice?

  • Making a choice means picking the things you like best.
  • Making a choice means deciding for yourself what your life will be like.

You make choices every day, like:

  • Should I stay in bed for 10 more minutes?
  • What clothes should I wear?
  • What should I eat?
  • Should I drink coffee or tea?
  • What should I watch on TV?

Some choices are bigger, like:

  • What job do I want?
  • Where do I want to live?
  • How should I spend my money?
  • Should I get married?
  • What will I do when I get older?

Choice is your right!

  • In California, there is a law that says you have:
    • The right to vote
    • The right to say whatever you want to say
    • The right to make your own choices

People with developmental disabilities say this about choice:


Sometimes you may choose the wrong thing.

  • It’s not always easy to know what you will like.
  • You may choose something new to eat that does not taste good.
  • You may choose to see a movie and not like it.
  • You may choose to live with someone and things do not go well.

Making the wrong choice can be okay.

  • You can learn from a wrong choice.
  • You can learn more about what you like.
  • You can make a better choice next time.

Sometimes, your choices can hurt you.

  • A risk is the chance something bad might happen.
  • Some choices have lots of risk.
    • If you choose not to look both ways when you cross the street, you might get hit by a car.
    • If you choose to smoke, you might get sick.

Know the risks before you make a choice!

  • When you take a shower, you could slip and hit your head.
  • If you eat a piece of hard candy, you might break a tooth.
  • If you choose to pet a dog, it could bite you.

If you are not sure about a choice:

  • Ask yourself or someone else about your choice:
    • Could it hurt me or someone else?
    • Can I do something to keep everyone safe?
    • What is the best thing that can happen?
  • Think about it and then decide what to do.
  • If you are still not sure, you do not have to make the choice at all.

Making choices makes you stronger.

  • Making choices helps you to know what you want.
  • When you make your own choices, other people don’t make them for you.

More Information About Making Choices

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Last updated on Wed, 06/09/2010 - 15:02