Since I was a teenager I always dreamed to live alone, like most of the teenagers. However, this dream wouldn’t come true if the Piedmont Region, where I live, hadn’t initialized customized projects based on the Independent Living principles for people with severe disabilities.
In most countries, proponents of the Independent Living Movement claim preconceived notions contribute to negative attitudes towards people with disabilities, portraying them as sick, defective and deviant persons, as a burden for themselves and their families, dependent on other people’s charity.
So, I’ve been living my new life in my own home for two years. Holding in my hands, for the first time, the keys of the new house was great.
Although, very soon, I realized that I had got the keys because I had paid the rent before, and then I realized that they would have been mine as long as I pay for it. Then, after opening the door, I understood that it couldn’t be considered my home without connecting electricity, gas and water… Because you can feed the mind of ideals and passion, but body requires different kind of food. Mostly mine, that after opening the eyes on the ceiling bangs the drums for sugar and caffeine…It doesn’t care about ideals and flights of fancy.