Peer Support - Building Relationships

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Peer support is one of the core services at Disability Network. Who better knows the issues that individuals face than another person with a disability. Peer mentors provide role modeling and share experiences, feelings and awareness of disability issues. We strive to support engagement and relationship building by connecting people. According to Gaming Peer Group Coordinator Andrew Kossek, “A major challenge in any community is isolation. A goal of peer support services is to strengthen communities and make it easier for everyone to support each other.”

 

Virtual Accessible Gaming Social Group

Disability Network Northern Michigan is excited to share the Virtual Accessible Gaming Social Group as a way for people to connect online and play together. “I love using the lattice of games, of some fun glorious thing to grow and strengthen communities. From football to Uno, all the way out to karaoke or Dungeons and Dragons. What matters about games is that they are shared experiences that bring joy," Kossek said. The free Virtual Accessible Gaming Social Group accommodates fifteen gamers at a time. Visit online at disabilitynetwork.org/events/ for current virtual gaming group event descriptions and registration details.

 

Virtual Women's Group

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Disability Network Northern Michigan invites you to virtually join us for of our Women's Group, Sharing Herstory in the New Year. We are living in an unprecedented time of social distancing and sheltering in place. We all may be feeling a bit isolated and confused. This is not a face to face meeting, but a virtual meeting that can be done via the computer or just by phoning in. 

 

Virtual Peer Advocacy Group

Disability Network Northern Michigan invites you to virtually join us for our online Peer Advocacy Group Zoom Meetings. Learn how to advocate for your needs and the needs of others. Learn leadership skills. Voice what is important to you! Please complete the registration form prior to the meeting at https://www.disabilitynetwork.org/peer-advocacy-group-registration-form/ and one of our group facilitators will reach out to you prior to the meeting.

 

Virtual Men's Group

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Disability Network Northern Michigan invites you to virtually join us for our Men's Group. This group is for men in our community seeking support, an opportunity to learn new skills and a chance to connect with other men with disabilities. We will work on managing stress, frustrations and issues they may be experiencing around social distancing and the stay home order. Please complete the registration form prior to the meeting at https://www.disabilitynetwork.org/mens-group-registration-form/ and one of our group facilitators will reach out to you prior to the meeting.

 

Virtual Quarantine Cooking

Join us for Quarantine Cooking on Zoom with Disability Network staff as they demonstrate how to prepare and cook food, use different adaptable tools making cooking accessible for all. It does not matter what your kitchen skill level is, Quarantine Cooking is open to beginners and master chefs alike. Come learn, share and connect with your peers! Please complete the registration form prior to the meeting at https://www.disabilitynetwork.org/quarantine-cooking-registration-form/ and one of our group facilitators will reach out to you prior to the meeting.

 

SPIRIT Club

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Come Zoom with us online on Wednesdays and Fridays in November at 10:00 am. Are you looking for an opportunity to move your body? Have you lost access to exercise programs and gyms due to Covid-19, or are you just looking for a fun group of people to find the motivation? This free program will provide you with experienced, certified instructors guiding you through exercise moves that are accessible and challenging for all. Moves will be adapted for those who want to stay in a chair as well as those who are looking for more intensity. Please complete the registration form prior to the meeting at https://www.disabilitynetwork.org/spirit-club-registration-form/ and one of our SPIRIT Club facilitators will reach out to you with further SPIRIT Club details!