We all have times in our lives when situations become difficult, or times when we are not sure what the best action might be. It is helpful to talk things over with another person who will respect us and keep our conversations confidential.
One-on-one and group peer support assists individuals with disabilities to help each other on a cross-disability basis. The individual you discuss your concerns with at the Center for Accessible Living will have experience in living with a disability.
What Is Peer Support?
Sometimes we have a friend or family member in whom we can confide. Other times it is more helpful to talk with a peer, a professional or a person who has good listening skills and will aid in our decision-making.
Peers provide assistance and support to increase skills and knowledge that will overcome interpersonal, family, social, financial, interagency and other disability-related challenges.
Who Can Have Peer Support?
Any individual with a disability may schedule a free appointment with the peer support coordinator by phone or e-mail.
The Center also offers the excellent opportunity to share concerns, ideas, and personal issues with others in similar situations. Visit our Calendar for a list of current Peer Support Groups.
What Topics Are Discussed?
One-on-one and group peer support assists individuals with disabilities to help each other on a cross-disability basis. Any topic can be discussed. Peers provide assistance and support to increase skills and knowledge that will overcome such challenges as:
- Adjustment to a disability
- Interpersonal and family relationships
- Social issues
- Financial concerns
- Getting services from other agencies
- Low self-esteem
- Coping skills
- Dealing with stress and anger
- Grief and loss issues
- Trauma from physical, verbal or sexual abuse
- Trauma from an accident or sudden onset of a disability
- Communicating with family about a disability and your needs
- Other disability-related challenges…
For more information, please Contact CAL.
Peer Support Groups in Louisville
Women’s Peer Support Group
Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the every month. Contact Beverly Alford for more information.
A series of personal development workshops open to the community. Sessions will be in different areas of the Louisville metro area. Times and locations will be announced on the Events Page. Contact Amy Jones for more information.
YES! (Young Empowered Self Advocates)
This group meets the last Thursday of the month in the evening in the Highlands. Yes! is for people with intellectual / developmental disabilities ages 16-29. We work on life skills such as speaking up for one’s self (self advocacy), communication and relationships, responsibility, working, health, resources in the community, and more. This group is offered in partnership with the Louisville Metro ARC. Contact Donna Fox for more information.
Build Your Future Workshops
A series of personal development workshops open to the community, but designed for youth. Times and locations will be announced on the Events Page. Contact Amy Jones for more information.
If you have Peer Group Questions
Contact Amy Jones at (502) 589-6620.
Peer Support Groups in Northern Kentucky
High Functioning Austism/Asperger’s and their Significant Others Support Group
Meets every other Tuesday at 7:30 PM at The Point Learning Center, 43 W. Pike, Covington, KY. For more information, call Rick Thies at (859) 550-3176.
General Disability Peer Support & Advocacy Group
Meets monthly at Goodwill Village Apartments. Open to any individual with any disability. For more information, call Rick Thies at (859) 550-3176.
Other Support Services/Support Groups for Specific Disabilities (Subject to change, CAL is not responsible for these groups)
Mothers of Special Children of Northern Kentucky – We provide emotional support to mothers of special needs children, especially those just learning of their child’s disability.
Caregivers Support Group – Meets second Thursday of the month from 1:30 – 3:00 PM at St. Catherine of Sienna in Ft. Thomas. Call 859-581-8974.
St. Elizabeth’s Caregiver Support Group – This support group meets every 3rd Thursday from 7:00 – 8:30 PM to learn from professionals about topics such as financial planning, Medicare, and housing alternatives. 859-292-4154
Agoraphobics Building Independent Lives – 200 Medical Village Dr., Edgewood, KY 41017, 859-342-6679
St. Elizabeth’s ALS Support Group – Meets every 2nd Tuesday at 6:00 PM in the St. Elizabeth Hospice Center Conference Room. For more information call (888) 412-3022.
St. Elizabeth Hospital’s Alzheimer’s Support Group – This support group is for caregivers and their loved ones who deal with memory loss. It meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 1:00 -2:00 PM in Florence (ED Conference Room) and from 6:30 – 8:00 in Ft. Thomas (Cancer Treatment Conference Room). Caregiving for the Alzheimer’s patient is available during the meetings. Talk to the group leader about this service. For more information, please call (859) 301-5999 (Florence) or (859) 240-5016 (Ft. Thomas).
Northern Kentucky Autism Parent Support Group – Meets one Thursday per trimester at Reiley Elementary Schools, 10631 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria, KY, contact Lindsey Mattingly (859)635-2118 ext 110 or Lindsey.Mattingly@campbell.kyschools.us
Breast Cancer Support – Support group for breast cancer survivors. Call St. Elizabeth @ 859-301-2273
Man to Man (Prostate Cancer Support Group) – It meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Where: Colonial Heights and Gardens, 6900 Hopeful Church Rd., Florence, KY 41042. To register, call the ACS at (800) ACS-2345.
Cancer Family Care – Offers contacts for many Cancer and Bereavement Support Groups in Cincinnati and N. Kentucky. Call 859-431-0645 for information about groups in your area.
Wellness Community – 1717 Dixie Highway, Ft. Wright, KY 859-331-5568 Support groups include Cancer Survivors, People with Recurring Cancer, Young Adult Group, Teen Group, Children’s Program, Brain Tumor Group, Lung Cancer Group, Prostate Cancer Group, Breast Cancer Group, a Group for Blood Driven Cancers, Bone Marrow Transplant Group, and a Family Group for family members.
St. Elizabeth’s Celiac Support Group – For more information call (859) 653-5595.
Crohns and Colitis
Crohns and Colitis Support Group – Meets the third Wednesday of every month from 7:00-9:30 PM at St. Luke East. Call 859-585-1775 for more information.
Cystic Fibrosis Support Group – Meetings every third Tuesday from Sept. through April at Children’s Hospital. Call 513-636-4929 for more information.
Pediatric Diabetes Support Group – Meetings held at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Call 859-344-2330.
Diabetes Self Management Support Group – Meetings held at St. Elizabeth South. Call 859-344-2466 for more information.
Little People of America (Cincinnati Tri-State) – LPA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with dwarfism throughout their lives while celebrating with great pride Little People’s contribution to social diversity. LPA strives to bring solutions and global awareness to the prominent issues affecting individuals of short stature and their families.
Overeaters Anonymous Support Group – Meets at St. Luke East on Fridays from 7:30-9:00pm. Call 859-921-1922 for more information.
Epilepsy Council of Cincinnati – The adult group (adults who have epilepsy) meets the third Tuesday of the month from 7:00-8:30pm. The parent support group (parents who have children with epilepsy) meet the third Thursday of the month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Call 513-721-2905.
St. Elizabeth’s Fibromyalgia Support Group – This group meets every 2nd Wednesday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Florence Café Conference Room. For more information, please call (859) 657-6099. Find us on Facebook! Search “Fibromyalgia Support Group of Northern Kentucky”.
Fibromyalgia Support Group – Call 513-271-4545 for information.
Lupus Support Group – Meets the last Saturday of each month at St. Luke Hospital at 2:00 PM. Call 513-527-5048 ext. 306 for more information.
Depression Support Group – Every Thursday from 6:30 – 8:00 PM @ Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, Lakeside Park, KY.
Friendship Club – Support group for mental health consumers. Call 859-431-2134 for more information.
Lighter Shade of Pale Support Group – For those dealing with postpartum depression. Call 513-860-4394 for meeting times.
Schizophrenics Anonymous – Meets every Wednesday at 1:30 PM at Recovery Network in Covington. Call 859-431-2134 for details.
Multiple Sclerosis Society (Ohio Valley Chapter) – The Ohio Valley Chapter provides a wealth of programs, fund-raisers, activities, and services for 27 counties in Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky for people who have multiple sclerosis, their families, and friends. Our goal is to develop programs and services that provide knowledge, health, and independence. The objective is always to empower the person with MS to lead a productive and fulfilling life.
Parkinson’s Disease Support Group – Meet at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital. Call 859-341-2044 for more information.
Spina Bifida Support Group – Meet at Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus every third Monday. For more information call Su Hansbauer at 513-738-8738.
Northern Kentucky Regional Stroke Support Group – The Northern Kentucky Regional Stroke Support Group offers information and other resources for stroke or brain injury survivors and their caregivers. Anyone who has suffered a stroke or brain injury and their loved ones and caregivers are welcome to attend.