It's Your Choice

Fork in the road
By Mason Smith
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 Connecticut, 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.
Last updated on June 9th, 2010
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