Peer support occurs when people with similar life experiences provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. Peer support happens between people who come together as equals to give each other support on a reciprocal basis. Peer support at VALID happens in different ways:
Peer Action Groups are local groups for people with disabilities to become more active in the decisions about their own lives, act together with others to promote more inclusive communities and increase opportunities for recreation, work and community participation.
Each of the four VALID Self Advocacy Networks meets monthly to provide a forum for people with disabilities to strengthen their voices. The networks have a focus on inclusion, inviting guest speakers to deliver information that is specific to local communities. At the meetings, people with disabilities meet new people, assist each other and speak up.
More information on VALID programs and policies available in Client Info Handbook available here