Your support team can be made up of different people. Family and friends are important for some people, but there are other people who can help you too.
Getting advice from other people with disability is really helpful when deciding to move. Other people have experiences that can show you it is possible to move. Their stories can help you get through the hard parts of moving and give you hope. You can join or form groups with people, online or in person. Sharing your story might help other people too. Being part of a group can also help you to speak out and advocate on important issues together.
There are people who can help you find housing and support options that suit you. These people are usually your support coordinator and therapists. They can help you navigate finding a new place and moving.
When they take the time to get to know you, they better understand you and your disability. They should ask questions about what is important to you, where you want to live, who you want to live with and what you want to do when you are in your new home. Your support coordinator can:
Your therapists can:
You should be told what your rights are so you can make better choices. Having someone in your team who helps you stand up for your rights is important. This person might be someone who already supports you, or you can get a formal advocate.
After acquiring a brain injury Will's close-knit family worked tirelessly to get Will home to his own apartment. "He's 27, like he's not meant to be in a nursing home."