Disability Network Southwest Michigan
Peer Support Groups

3 people conversingPeer support is one of the core services of a center for independent living. Educational topics, social time, and sharing feelings are all part of the peer support experience. Follow this link to view and download our Support Group flyer.

We currently facilitate or support the following peer-led groups:

Autistic Adult Peer Support Group

This group provides an opportunity for Autistic adults to enjoy authentic social interactions and build genuine friendships in a safe and non-judgmental space. All Autistic adults are welcome to attend, including self-diagnosed Autistics and those who were previously diagnosed with Asperger’s or PDD. Meetings will be held on Zoom on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays. Follow this link for more information about Autistic Adult Peer Support Group and a link to register. For further details email Max Hornick or call them at 269-345-1516 x126.

Brain Injury Survivors Group

This support group is open to adults with a brain injury. This group is a chapter of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan and is very active. The group meets weekly to discuss a variety of topics, host speakers, and attend outings. The group meets in person every Thursday from 1:30 – 3:30 PM at the Disability Network Community Building in Kalamazoo. Participants can also join virtually, if desired. Follow this link to contact Anne Kooy for more information or call 269-345-1516 x109.

Chronic Pain Support Group

This group is open to individuals who experience life with chronic pain. This solution-focused group provides a safe space to connect, learn, and improve self-esteem. You will have the opportunity to talk about struggles, share tips and learn how to better manage your pain and energy. This group meets virtually via Zoom every Wednesday from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Follow this link for more information about the Chronic Pain Support Group and a link to register. For further details email Sarah Powless or call her at 269-345-1516 x116. Follow this link to view and download the Chronic Pain Support Group flyer.

Phenomenal Women

This group is open to women with any type of disability. Women are welcome to come share experiences of living with a disability, support other women living with a disability and discuss a variety of topics of interest in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. The group meets every Tuesday from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Currently the group meets in person in the Community Building at our Kalamazoo office. Participants also have the option to join virtually, if desired. Follow this link to contact Sarah Powless at 269-345-1516 x116.

For a list of other disability-related support groups in the area, go to other Area Support Groups.