Peer support involves a person or a group of people with disabilities sharing similar experiences which can ultimately empower an individual to live as independently as possible.
At Disability Options Network, our peer support program is broken down into two formats:
The first is one-on-one support. DON is working hard to improve and increase our one-on-one peer mentoring program. Each pair is someone with a disability helping someone else with a disability. The mentor is someone that has an understanding of what it is to live independently and is doing so to the best of their ability. We match individuals based on similar experience. A mentor is not a professional counselor; they share how they overcame life’s obstacles and encourage the mentee to reach for their goals. Our biggest need is finding people that are qualified to be mentors and having them join us!
The second format is a peer support group. This is a group of people gathering once a month to build relationships, share experiences and understanding of each other. We have more than one peer group depending on where you are located.
For more information call 724-652-5144 or 1-866-652-5121.