What is Peer Support?
Peer support is a service in which a person with a disability can work with other persons who have disabilities and are living independently in the community. The objective is to explore options and to solve problems that sometimes occur for people with disabilities. Some of these options include making adjustments to a newly acquired disability, experiencing changes in living arrangements, or learning to use community services more effectively and removing barriers that inhibit independence.
Peer counseling is very important to people with disabilities that are making life changes in response to their new disability, attitudes towards them and environment.
Peer support is based on the concept of mentoring. One person with a disability provides information, assistance, support and serves as a role model for another person with a disability. Our peer counseling staff members are people with disabilities who have encountered their own personal challenges and can offer encouragement and guidance to other persons with disabilities.
The center also has support group services available to any interested in attending our monthly support meetings. These meetings are listed in the activities calendar in our newsletter. Additionally, you can call our office at 801-373-5044 for more information.