Peer support

Peer support refers to the concept that other people with intellectual disabilities (peers) can support one individual with intellectual disability. Experience has shown that peers are an important resource for individual support since they know and understand the personal situation of living with an intellectual disability better than non-disabled persons. Peer support can play an important role in the empowerment of people with intellectual disabilities and in learning about taking decisions and particularly about the process of decision-making. In this section we introduce models for the training of peer supporters and experiences with this model from different countries.

The practices falling under the Peer support category are:

Peer counselling

Summary ‘Acknowledging that Peer Counselling is crucial to empower persons with disabilities, Upper Austria established, for the first time worldwide, Peer Counselling as a social profession, which values the experience of physical, psychosocial and intellectual disability as a fundamental quality.‘  Title Peer Counselling Location Austria Organisation/s Upper Austria, Directorate Health and Social Affairs Issues addressed […]

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TOPSIDE is an Inclusion Europe project aiming to develop peer support and peer training as a new component in informal adult education for people with intellectual disabilities. TOPSIDE developed a training curriculum for adult peer supporters that enables people with intellectual disabilities to formally train and provide support to their peers.

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