What We Do
The Valley Disability Support Group is a free peer-to-peer support network and resource serving the Shenandoah Area, We do not receive or offer funding, but through cooperation within the community, we believe we can facilitate progress in identified areas of need for people with disabilities.
Our goal is to provide empowerment, self-advocacy, and help people feel valued in our community through the following:
Peer-to-Peer Mentoring The goal is to meet each other with compassion, respect, real understanding, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Caregiver Support Awareness and celebration of the intricate role of support/caregiver is vital.
Actively Promote Self-Advocacy Empowerment and skills to adjust successfully through life’s transitions.
Build Up Support Networks for the disabled community Building support is paramount, and it improves outcomes.
Community Outreach Connecting with the right community services, organizations, and resources.
Grassroots Advocacy Help us identify the needs of the disabled in our community.
Our support group is a safe haven for people with disabilities. Our environment is inclusive and uplifting. We welcome the support and family members of all support group participants. We discuss personal experiences and challenges; we offer a chance to form meaningful friendships with peers, collaborate on practical solutions to overcome barriers, cope, get encouragement, improve public speaking and self-advocacy skills to name a few.
Peer mentors help us learn how to tackle issues head-on, how to cope with the day-to-day and make us feel valued in our community.
Guest speakers provide inspiration and messages of empowerment
Fun activities are designed for building meaningful friendships with peers and bond with members of the community.
Providing feedback and being proactive to identify the true needs of the disabled community in our area can help foster positive changes to address those needs. Some areas include but are not limited to disability access, transportation, education services, and affordable housing and employment.
Information sessions are an open forum where consumers, peers and subject matter experts can discuss individual needs and the needs of the community at large. Topics chosen are important to the disabled community and include but are not limited to IEP/ISP submissions, Medicare and Medicaid, Waivers, patient rights, disability rights, guardianship, case management, and advocacy opportunities.
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EMPOWERMENT. INCLUSION. ACCESS
Virtual Meeting Schedule
June 6, 2020, 11 am - 12pm
July 11, 2020, 11am - 12pm
August 8, 2020, 11am - 12pm