UMass Medical School — Statewide Community Services Peer-Support Specialists

Project Goal
Develop training to support people with developmental disabilities (DD) who want to become peer-support specialists and serve as mentors for other people with DD.

Project Summary
Through in-person and online training, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is connecting people with DD with peer-support specialists. The specialists are trained as mentors to develop leadership, problem-solving, and collaboration skills. The project supports participants through training related to employment, independent living, and self-esteem.

In-person training is coordinated in partnership with Texas Advocates. The project’s online training is conducted through a web-based platform that provides accessible educational content. The project’s activities also include developing a training curriculum to be made available online for use in other locations both in Texas and in other states.

Project Start
May 2019

Contact Information
55 Lake Ave. N, Ste. S3-301
Worcester, MA 01655

Geographic Reach
Brazos, Jefferson, and Uvalde counties

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