Nationally, we know that following a natural disaster, such as hurricanes and wildfires, that many with disabilities lose their homes, personal belongings, medical supplies and equipment. We are ready and waiting to respond when the need arises! We fill the truck and immediately head to the areas of need providing detrimental supplies and equipment directly to those who need them.
Community Rehab Project partners with the following organizations across the country.
Community Rehab Project provides consultant services for Service Dogs of New Mexico (SDNM) as they are pairing service dogs with people with disabilities, including our veterans. Our Physical and Occupational Therapists help their trainers to understand the special needs of the people they are working with. SDNM support’s those with disabilities having a positive impact on their Community, City and State. SDNM’s integrity is the foundation as they partner with shelters, rescues, volunteers and trainers. They continue to make a difference in the health and well-being of our communities by educating businesses on issues regarding service animals and the law by conducting comprehensive seminars and classes. Learn more about SDNM Programs below.
Service Dogs for Veterans
SDNM provides training for service dog teams based on each Veteran’s unique requirements. They assist Veterans in training their own dogs (who qualify as such) since they often already have a close bond that gives a strong foundation in creating a successful team. They also place dogs from rescues and shelters that match the specialized needs of the Veteran. The Service Dog must help to assist in preventing and aiding in symptoms of many disabilities such as PTSD, balance problems, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and working with tools such as canes and wheelchairs. By teaching the dog to alert, detect and support the disability, the Veteran can become more independent. We want our Veterans to have greater independence, self-reliance and mobility through Service Dog training. Our clients are involved in every step of training including in-home sessions.
Service Dogs for Youth – (Under 18 with legal guardian)
SDNM specializes in a personalized approach to help young handlers become more self-reliant and overcome the challenges faced in the home and in public — to perform the necessary tasks for self-sufficiency. These Service Dogs increase freedom and independence and help assist in preventing symptoms of many disabilities such as autism, diabetes, epilepsy, PTSD, balance problems and working with tools such as canes and wheelchairs. Clients under 18 must have a legal guardian and provide medical documentation so that training supports the disability, special needs and lifestyle of that individual.
Emotional Support Animals (ESA)
SDNM is happy to train those with disabilities in the skills needed with ESAs. Clients would begin the training program with all the same requirements, but are not required to pass Pubic Access TEST.
An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is a companion animal that a medical professional has determined provides benefit for an individual with a disability. This may include improving at least one symptom of the disability. Emotional Support Animals may be used by people with a range of physical, psychiatric, or intellectual disabilities. To be prescribed an Emotional Support Animal, the person seeking such an animal must have a verifiable disability. To be afforded protection under United States federal law, a person must meet the federal definition of a disability and must have a note from a physician or other medical professional stating that the person has that disability, and that the Emotional Support Animal provides a benefit for the individual with the disability.
Business4Vets.org (B4V), a 501(c)(3) is a Non-Profit Organization, which provides valuable business opportunities, products, resources & services to veterans, reservists & active-duty military families to combat the challenges of unemployment & underemployment. They have vetted over 3,000 opportunities that offer low or no startup cost with unlimited earning potential. They have chosen the best of the 3,000 opportunities to give our military family the best opportunity for success. B4V connects veterans with the most successful business experts in the industry to provide training, coaching, mentoring, resources and support to help them achieve personal and professional success.
Home Modification for Veterans by Veterans
B4V realizes that veterans with disabilities are especially in need. Providing a business opportunity that they can start from home is so important. But equally important is the ability to access the communities in which they live. Home modification that is specific to their specific needs is critically important to the success of the veteran transitioning back to civilian living. Community Rehab Project provides consultant services to B4V on concepts of successful home modification for specific disabilities. Our Physical and Occupational Therapists work with veterans with disabilities to learn about options and determine which modifications will be most helpful for their success. Then, we work with veterans construction companies to implement the home modification recommendations.