Peer Support Programs / Trainings
Peer Support is a service in which individuals with disabilities empower other individuals with disabilities by sharing their life experiences. Due to the large number of staff and volunteers with disabilities at disABILITY LINK, we are able to offer this service to numerous individuals of all ages and disabilities.
In 2004, disABILITY LINK collaborated with recognized leaders in the disability community to develop training materials for the Peer Support Project. The course is designed to give peers the skills needed to both help themselves and be a source of support for others. The training also provides a forum in which to share experience and insight, and it demonstrates the techniques that make peer support optimally effective. The program has successfully trained and certified more than 500 peer supporters across the state of Georgia and nationwide.
The Peer Support Program connects people with disabilities with advocates who have experience in overcoming the challenges that often attend a life of isolation and the lack of choice.
We have found that people who have experience living and working with a disability are often best able to articulate those possibilities to others. An experienced person with a disability can communicate to her peers with an effectiveness and urgency that doctors and professionals often cannot.
If you’re interested in developing and practicing your peer support skills, the application deadline is by April 30th! The next 3-day training will begin Wednesday, May 11th, in our Activities Room.
To apply or ask questions, please contact Linda Pogue (firstname.lastname@example.org | 470-395-2288)