The Need for Peer Counseling
- Learn from each others’ mistakes and triumphs
- Peers are less threatening than “service providers” because there’s no ulterior motive
- Peer mentoring can troubleshoot future obstacles
Independent Living Skills
ARCIL provides peer counseling through staff with disabilities as well as providing periodic peer counseling training for consumers through independent living skills training classes.
Peer support and social/recreational activities are planned and meeting dates scheduled in collaboration with consumers. Scheduled activities involve participation in the community through attendance at plays, museums, restaurants, shopping, movies and special events. The purpose of these activities is to expand opportunities for social recreation, make friends, improve personal quality of life and raise the communities awareness of persons with disabilities as peers.