Who We Are

  • Disabled individuals in the community helping other disabled people

  • Not funded. Volunteers provide free peer-to-peer mentoring and support 

  • Lifelong friends and disability advocates

  • Cancer survivors making a difference

We are community volunteers with experience living with a disability and navigating disability-related issues.  Areas include (but are not limited to):  

  • ADA compliance 

  • Healthcare/Medicare, Medicaid, Private

  • Patients' rights (fair & equal treatment)

  • Individuals new to disability

  • Social Security

  • Guardianship

  • Medicaid Waivers

  • Access/Inclusion

  • Patient Advocacy

  • Education planning (IEP/ISP)

  • Parents of Disabled Children

  • Support/Caregiver Support

  • Family Life/Parenting

  • Home Health Care

  • Care Facility Concerns/Abuse

Who We Serve

 

  • Individuals of all ages cross-disabilities and their support/family 

  • Individuals new to disability due to Permanent Disabilities caused by impairments from traumatic injuries and chronic illness

  • Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (chronic conditions due to mental health or physical impairments before adulthood including but not limited to Autism/Aspergers, Down Syndrome, Behavioral Disorders, Brain Injury, Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida)

  • Individuals diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Parents of Children with Disabilities

Our goal is to provide validation, empowerment, self-advocacy, and help people feel valued while navigating issues that affect people with disabilities and those who support them.

Let us know how we may be of help. We will try our best to help you find answers to your questions, or at the very least point you in the right direction.  Sometimes our needs require several steps. We are committed to providing information on services and resources through our online directory, during support meetings and information sessions.

 

Peer Mentors/Peer Counseling
 

Our peer mentors are strong advocates that offer support and compassion. They help us speak up and learn how to tackle day-to-day issues and tap into the right services and resources. Their support brings positivity and helps us overcome barriers. Having someone who understands and values our experience helps us to cope better as well.  Navigating disability can be fraught with challenges and sometimes we do not know where to turn as we transition through life's stages. Peer mentoring and counseling helps and gives us a chance to learn from one another.

 

What We Do

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Our Story

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Media/Inquiries

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Community Feedback

  • We would love to hear your feedback on what your experience is like as someone with a disability or supporting friends and family with disabilities in the Shenandoah Area. 

  • For example, what challenges have you overcome?  What did you learn about yourself through this process?  Do any organizations stand out that have helped you in the past? What would you suggest to help someone in a similar situation to provide encouragement?

Feedback/General Inquiries

contact@valleydisabilitysupport.com

EMPOWERMENT. INCLUSION. ACCESS 

Schedule

Virtual Meeting Schedule

June 6, 2020, 11 am - 12pm

July 11, 2020, 11am - 12pm

August 8, 2020, 11am - 12pm

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