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Peer Support and Lunch & Learn

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Peer Support is one of the fundamentals of a CIL. Peer “mentors” provide role modeling and share experiences, feelings, and awareness of disability issues.

Through peer support there is a full exchange of brainstorming, problem solving, and sharing of concerns, successes and ways to address issues. The peer support relationship allows for the more experienced person to provide information and support and serve as a positive role model to the person whose disability might be new or more recent.

Many of OSCIL staff members provide peer support in a number of areas, including but not limited to: visual and hearing impairments, arthritis, orthopedic issues, diabetes, and more. Please call the OSCIL office at 401-738-1013 for more information.

Peer Support Groups

OSCIL holds several monthly peer support groups, the purpose of which is to provide individuals with similar issues a chance to talk about their own conditions, experiences and concerns. By talking with people who truly understand what they are going through, individuals can gain practical insights to maximize the potential for successful independent living.

Monthly Peer Support groups include:

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Youth Peer Support Group

Our youth peer support group is designed for young people with disabilities between the ages of 16 and 24. We meet on the last Tuesday of every month to provide a safe and supportive environment where individuals can connect with others who share similar experiences. Our group is led by trained facilitators who are dedicated to ensuring that everyone has a chance to be heard and supported. The group also offers many different fun outings and chances to learn while having fun, trying new things, and building camaraderie. Join us for our next meeting and experience the benefits of peer support firsthand. 

For more information contact Molly Smith at molly.smith@oscil.org or call OSCIL at 401-738-1013.

For more information or to register for one of these support groups, contact Beth Pinkham at beth.pinkham@oscil.org or call OSCIL at 401-738-1013.

Lunch & Learn Workshops

As part of OSCIL’s mission to provide outreach, education, and opportunities for peer support, OSCIL offers free “Lunch and Learn” workshops highlighting various solutions that can increase access in the home and community.

Workshops are being held in person and on Zoom. Unless the event says otherwise, workshops are held at our location at 1944 Warwick Avenue in Warwick.

 

Advance registration to attend in-person is required.

A light lunch and refreshments will be served.

If you have questions about Lunch & Learn workshops or wish to register, call Heather Schey at 401-738-1013 or email heather.schey@oscil.org.

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