Individuals with disabilities who have received training provide assistance to other individuals with disabilities. The peer support can be one-on-one, in groups and it can be represented by staff providing services. At UVdN 51% of staff are people with disabilities proving services to peers is provided their. The purpose is to identify barriers to independent living and to work together to eliminate these barriers.
For example, an individual who has been in an auto accident and now uses a wheelchair may experience depression and feel less valuable to his/her family or community. Someone who already uses a wheelchair and lives independently can assist the new chair-user with rediscovering self-worth and personal value to family and community.
Past clients have shared that this is the most valuable service UVdN provides. UVdN’s goal is to help individuals to feel good about themselves and accomplish their dreams.