Our advocates are people with disabilities, just like the people we serve. We have personally had to navigate the social services system to get the services and supports we need to maintain their own independence.
One way we help other people with disabilities is by acting as advisors, mentors and role models; this is called peer counseling. Our advocates work with people to clarify independent living goals and help identify what options are available. As peer counselors, we can be a partner in problem-solving, a “cheerleader,” or just a sympathetic listener.