Peer Support & Self-Advocacy

Certified peer support specialist
Peer Support and Individual Advocacy at The Independence Center exist as a catalyst for gaining empowerment and forming a social network. We offer peer support groups, facilitated workshops, advocacy coaching, and individual mentoring; all of which are intended to help you achieve your goals. Support Groups at The IC are designed to be all-inclusive so that no matter what your disability, you should be able to find a group that will fit you well.

Examples of some of the Peer Support Groups at The IC:

  • Cross-Disabilities
  • Family/Caregiver Encouragement
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Living Well With a Disability
  • Men’s Group
  • Women’s Group

Click here to view a complete list of all the peer support groups offered by The Independence Center.

In addition to support groups, we often offer recreational activities such as horseback riding, glow golf, and bowling. Workshops are also often facilitated with topics that consumers have suggested.

Examples of some of the facilitated workshops we’ve hosted are:

  • Adaptive Yoga
  • Adaptive Bicycling
  • Understanding Insurance

Our new formal mentoring program at The IC is called LIFT UP and allows you the opportunity to connect with another person with a similar disability in order to share life experiences and information. Consumers who desire to mentor others will go through an application process that includes an interview, meetings with The IC staff, a background check, and educational training. Once approved, mentors will be paired with those they’ll mentor.

For more information about the mentor program, contact the Peer Mentor Coordinator at 719-471-8181.
To find a peer support group you can join, click on the button below.

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Chris Reeve Foundation peer support specialist




Supported in part by a Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation