The Center for People With Disabilities
Peer Support is Key to Independence
Peer Support is a key element to successful independent living for people with disabilities. The experience of engaging and supporting each other gives people with disabilities a different and valuable insight from the top-down approach practiced in nursing homes and by doctors. Sharing real-world experiences adds the sense of identification and community and empowers people with disabilities to believe they can overcome challenges they may face.
The Independent Living approach holds that people with disabilities who have overcome barriers and achieved a degree of independence are uniquely qualified to mentor and support others. Sharing real-world experiences creates a sense of community and empowerment. With more than 70% of CPWD staff as persons with disabilities, peer support is foundational to all our programs and services.
Our Peer Support Program
includes the following activities:
Teaching each other both concepts for learning and strategies for living
Connection to and participation in peer community
Peer Support occurs in groups that meet regularly. To find out more about our Peer Support groups and how to get involved, please contact us and we will be happy to help you. Groups meet weekly and monthly throughout the greater Boulder County/North Metro area.
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