Paraquad support groups empower people with disabilities to explore options and solve problems regarding any life-changing experiences. Topics can include adjusting to a newly acquired disability, changes in living arrangements or learning to use community services more effectively.
Participants are paired with well-adjusted peer consultants who have similar disabilities. Participants and peer consultants share their personal experience and the peer consultant acts as a mentor.
Peer consultation plays a significant role in the lives of people with disabilities as it introduces them to various community resources and skills training. With the right attitude, skills and resources, people with disabilities are empowered to live independently.
Paraquad’s support groups provide participants with information and resources as well as opportunities to participate in social activities. There are several different support groups that cover general, everyday life.
Family Participation Program
The Family Participation Program provides assistance for parents with physical disabilities and families through support groups, phone and internet networks, access to resources and a speakers bureau on select topics. Meetings are held on a quarterly basis, usually on Saturdays.
The Youth Group focuses on social and recreational activities that promote the development of social skills not acquired in segregated environments. Participants include young people with and without disabilities.
Participants without disabilities develop an awareness and understanding of their peers with disabilities, while youth with disabilities learn to participate within the community as an equal.
The group targets youth between the ages of 12-24 and their families. It meets on the third Saturday of each month from August to May for group discussions. In June and July, the group focuses on community outings and computer camp.