Most children gradually take on a greater decision making role in their own lives as they reach adolescence, teenage years and young adulthood. By the senior years of secondary school young people are making very important decisions about subjects they wish to study and career pathways. They are also finding their way through social issues, perhaps starting in relationships, thinking about driving, and so many other…, and hopefully learning to make good decisions around these many issues.
Through their journey young people will require different levels of support and guidance. A young person with a disability is likely to need a little more support and guidance than the typical young person, but they should still have a level of involvement in making decisions which are important to them.