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Easter Seals provides independent living

August 31, 2004

Valdosta - Clay Doub is checking out his brand new home. "It's really nice, I like it here," said Doub.

In just a few weeks he'll be out on his own, living here at Easter Seals Options for Living. "Every young adult dreams of moving out and becoming independent and that certainly is no different for adults with disabilities," said Beth English, Easter Seals Director.

Clay's apartment is completely handicapped accessible, with his own kitchen, living room, bed and bath room. "It's going to be a change, but I think a change for the good," said June Lawson, Clay's Mother.

But he may still call on Mom for those not so fun chores. "Cooking and stuff, laundry and stuff," said Doub.

The facility has six individual apartments, but one of those is designated for a resident manager. That person will help watch over the residents, and provide them with any assistance they may need. "It's just to make sure that they're in at night and everything's safe and take them to work and pick them up," said Lawson.

Living here gives residents like Clay their independence, and parents like June peace of mind. "To make sure that they're future is secure is so important and these apartments are doing that, its giving me a peace and feeling that his future's going to be secure," said Lawson.

And even though she'll miss having him at home, this mother is proud to watch her son start a new life on his own.

posted at 5:30 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com

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