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Service Animals and Disability

On Behalf of | Oct 6, 2023 | SSD - Social Security Disability |

Pets….they’re often a big part of the family, but sometimes they can even be a big part of our ability to function daily or go to a job.

After you’ve won your Social Security Disability case, you might receive a large lump sum of money. This could be used for the initial cost of obtaining or training a certified service animal to help you with various physical or mental health impairments. Some of their care items, IF used to help you do some part-time or lower-paying work to supplement your Social Security benefits, can be deducted from our total income. These costs may include use of a service animal to get to/from work, cost of their licensing, food, and/or vet care.

In many cases, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act require housing providers to make reasonable accommodations for disabled individuals, such as allowing pets in typically pet-free units or waiving pet deposits or fees. To benefit from these types of programs you must register and get an ID through the ADA.

A service animal can help those with diabetes, seizures, blood pressure drops, depression, and so many other conditions. They provide an amazing lifeline for someone going through a major adjustment to debilitating lifelong conditions.


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