Peer Support is about people with disabilities listening to, supporting, and helping other people with disabilities to live independent, self-determined, and powerful lives of their own choosing. At AACIL, Peer Support happens in a variety of ways:
- Staff with disabilities provide services to consumers with disabilities;
- Volunteer Peer Mentors work one-on-one with others to help them achieve their personal goals and learn to live powerfully with their disabilities;
- And group leaders and participants supporting each other as well.
On this page you’ll find more information about each of these opportunities to give and/or receive support.
The following is a list of support groups that meet at the Ann Arbor CIL. We suggest that new or potential members call the contact person to confirm the time and meeting place of any group.
General Support Group
Do you like to chat with others, provide support, and receive support from others?
Do you have a disability but don’t want that to be the sole focus of your conversation?
Talk, vent, support, and discuss various topics about experiencing life with disability. At the Ann Arbor CIL, we believe strongly in helping people help themselves, and helping others to transform their lives. Participants collaboratively support each other to inspire transformations both individually and as a group.
Meets Every Tuesday from 1:00-2:00 PM
If you are interested in attending please email Jason Jones
Social support group for young women with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 21. Topics include relationships, safety, effective communication, recreational opportunities, and more. Generally, the group meets for six consecutive weeks at various times throughout the year.
Contact: Email Anna Dusbiber Gossage
Hearing Loss Association
The group encourages anybody who has a hearing loss or lives with or works with or has a friend or family member with a hearing loss to attend. Group supports and learns from all ages and all stages of hearing loss.
Meetings: 4th Tuesday of every month
Time: 7-9 PM
Contact: Email Pam McGuinty
Support group for people who have multiple sclerosis.
Meetings: Every Monday
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Contact: Email Jody Burton Slowins or at 734-663-0785
Stroke Survivor & Caregiver Support Group
Sponsored and facilitated by the Stroke Program at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.
Meetings: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM.
Contact: Email Kimberly Gray or phone at 734-712-2830