Strengths and Preferences

Young man with a disability working with an adult to list his preferences

Learning about yourself sounds like a funny idea. Of course you know a lot about yourself! But moving to adult life brings lots of new challenges and changes. Two very important ones are work and home life. 

If you are going to live on your own, your need to think a lot about the kind of home you will be happy in, and the location that will work best for you. 

You will need to explore the kinds of jobs you would be good at and enjoy. This means looking hard at the skills you have, the interests you enjoy, and the needs you have for help and assistance.

There are lots of ways to figure out what you like and dislike. If you are still in school, you can ask your IEP team to help you discover your preferences. That might mean you, and others who know you, such as family and friends: Answer a list of questions about yourself Go into the community and experience different places Try doing different kinds of work tasks Visit different homes and workplaces Keep a record of your activities, chores, hobbies, meals, and health

Here are other things to think about:

• What do others compliment you about?

• What are your favorite school subjects?

• What games or chores are you good at?

What do I do with This information?

Keep a list of your experiences.

Organize your list so that you can see the things you enjoy doing, the things you are good at, the things you don't like to do, and what things you are not very good at.
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