What is Peer Support and why is it important in the context of Independent Living
Peer support is one of the pillars of Independent Living and an essential element for the self-determination of disabled people.
Peer support can be described as the help and support that people with lived experience can give to other individuals in a similar situation. For example, it can refer to support provided by someone using personal assistance (PA) to another person using a PA. Or, to somebody who has lived in an institution in the past to other people still living in institutions. This support may be social, emotional or practical (or all of these), and can be life changing.