Disability Peer Support groups help individuals with disabilities work to develop skills which allow them to live as independently as they desire. This includes finding work, or continuing their education, or raising a family, or voting, or whatever each individual deems valuable to their own life.
Over half of WILS board and staff are made up of individuals with disabilities. Members of our staff, board and volunteers, who have dealt successfully with their own challenges, draw upon their experiences to help you explore options, solve problems, learn new skills or analyze one’s situation and develop coping strategies.
WILS provides disability Peer Support groups in a consumer-directed manner over the telephone, in person at any WILS office or at a consumer’s living site. We can offer wisdom gained through personal experiences to inspire hope, support personal responsibility, promote understanding, offer education, and promote self-advocacy and self-determination.
WILS offers the following Disability Support Groups
COVID may affect these or other events, check the calendar page for updates.
WILS Acrylic Painting Class – Peer Support Group
WILS Crafts – Peer Support Group
The National Federation of the Blind, Old Drum Chapter
Meets at WILS Warrensburg Office on the 3rd Thursday of the Month. For more information about the National Federation of the Blind, Old Drum Chapter visit: www.nfbmo.org/node/57
Peer Support Benefits
- 94.4% of the individuals who participated in WILS peer support were satisfied with the peer support services they received
- 100% stated they gained knowledge, skill and/or independence from the peer support services they received
- 100% indicated the service made a positive change in their life
- “I loved it, I looked forward to it every month.”
- “I am in 3 online groups. In person groups are very difficult for me because I have very bad social anxiety. The make me feel like I am not alone.”
- “Gives you a chance to get outside and mingle with other people.”
- “Took a little pressure off of me.”
- “I love going to the craft workshops WILS provides.’
- “It made me feel like I could do something by myself, that I didn’t have to have help.”