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What is informed choice?

Informed choice is the process by which an individual receiving services from DVR makes decisions about VR goals and the VR services and service providers necessary to reach those goals. The decision-making process takes into account the individual's values, lifestyle, and characteristics, the availability of resources and alternatives, and general economic conditions. Informed choice involves communicating clearly with an individual receiving VR services to assure the individual understands and uses pertinent information in the decision making process. The intent of informed choice is to ensure VR services are provided in a manner that promotes respect for individual dignity, personal responsibility, self-determination, and the pursuit of meaningful careers.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.29.020, 74.08.090, August 1998 amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 34 C.F.R. Parts 361 and 363, chapters 74.29, 43.19 RCW, RCW 43.43.832, 4.24.550, 71.09.340, 9A.44.130, and chapter 26.44 RCW. WSR 03-02-014, ยง 388-891-0400, filed 12/20/02, effective 2/3/03.]
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