The Peer Advocacy Program is active and thriving. Each individual peer advocate brings unique strengths to the program, and the peer group collectively works very well together to accomplish common goals. New peers have brought their strengths to the program and look forward to helping individuals achieve their goals as well as tackling larger, systems-based solutions.
In the new year, Summit has conducted some small-group peer trainings and has already added three new peers to the program. The new peers have brought more expertise in the areas of youth, mental health, aging and low-vision. With a couple other peers-in-training, soon to become official peers, the program will be enriched with even more knowledge and experience. New and seasoned peers have worked together on disability public awareness and other activities.
Peers from Summit and our partner Montana Centers for Independent Living have been active in the state capitol in Helena this legislative season. On January 25, IL Legislative Day, peers converged in Helena to approach their representatives, other legislators and staff to inform them how pending legislation affects their lives and to thank them for their service. On March 8, many peers again returned to Helena to express IL needs and concerns, discuss legislative issues and ask for representatives’ support.
Peers look forward to continuing opportunities to work with others with disabilities in our service area and to work together on group activities. They will also be taking and participating in upcoming IL skills training opportunities, doing presentations and participating in our community. To benefit from our peer advocacy program through a one-on-one peer match or group peer activity, or to learn more about our peer program, contact Summit directly.