When you decide to live in an independent living facility, you will not only be provided with accommodations but you will also be referred to several services if the independent living community does not provide them. These can include counseling, the purchasing of necessary equipment, and the registration of service animals.
Getting a Service Animal
A service animal is an animal that is trained specifically to provide services to an individual who is disabled. They are not treated the same as companion dogs by the ADA. Also, only dogs and miniature horses are considered to be eligible for being service animals.
Training a Service Animal
Your service animal will need to be trained by a professional trainer. If you have trained your service animal yourself, you'll need to bring a letter from a witness who confirms that you trained your service animal yourself. Then, you will receive a registration tag and you will be able to take your service animal anywhere that accepts service animals.
Living with Your Service Animal in an Independent Living Community
Having a service animal will make it easier for you to integrate into housing for young adults with disabilities. You will be living in a home that is designed by young adults with disabilities and builds the facility with their needs in mind.
The assumption at an independent living facility is that you know the best way to take care of yourself. You simply need additional assistance so that you can live the most fulfilling life possible. Being in an independent living facility, you will be able to take advantage of all of the benefits of society. You also deserve the same respect as those who do not live in independent living facilities.
Knowing What to Expect
An independent living facility is both structured and flexible. You will be able to live independently of your parents, pursue a career, and you will be able to have your own space all to yourself. Being away from home will allow you to heal and grow.
Learning Useful Skills
You will also be taught skills that are meant to help you thrive while living with your disability. For example, you will learn time management, budgeting, self-care, meal preparation, health, and hygiene. You will also be able to take care of and receive assistance from your service animal.
By living in housing for young adults with disabilities, you will be able to form relationships and will also be able to learn about what healthy relationships look like. Then, you will be able to live a more fulfilling life.