Peer Support

Peer Support

United Spinal VA

The United Spinal Association's peer and family mentors are matched to newly injured individuals based on age, gender, level of injury, and interests. Mentors are provided in order to help with navigating the early challenges of a new SCI.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation offers a peer mentoring program to any individual seeking help, advice, or guidance. Peer mentors are available to individuals with a spinal cord injury, as well as their family members and caregivers.

Happy on Wheels

Happy on Wheels is dedicated to teaching individuals - those with and without a disability - how to cope with life's challenges and subsequently increase their happiness. Happy on Wheels offers services including mentoring, consulting, writing, and speaking, as well as advocacy.

Wheel Love

Based out of Roanoke, Wheel Love is dedicated to supporting those from all walks of life and with all ability levels through adaptive recreation and social support. They sponsor events such as wheelchair basketball, adaptive kayaking, adaptive skiing, bowling and fishing.

Check out Wheel Love's Facebook

SPINALpedia

SPINALpedia is a social network site dedicated to providing individuals with spinal cord injuries a community where they can share the knowledge they have gained over the course of their own personal experiences, as well as motivation and advice to others.

AbleThrive

AbleThrive is a centralized hub for resources for support for people with disabilities and their families. Topics include life skills, coping, health care, parenting, relationships, activities and travel.

NextSteps

NextSteps is an interactive program to help you readjust to life after a serious injury. You can enroll in a program that takes you through weekly lessons regarding goal-setting, problem solving, managing your emotions, how impactful trauma can be, and how to best communicate with family, friends, and professionals. NextSteps also provides an opportunity to speak with other trauma survivors who can share their own experiences and lessons they have learned along their journey.

Trauma Survivors Network

The Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) at Inova in Fairfax holds monthly support groups for survivors of a traumatic injury and their caregivers. TSN allows survivors to connect with one another, and the support groups offer peer support and further education on how to cope after a serious injury.

CareCure Community

The CareCure Community has over 70 forums where individuals can discuss a variety of topics pertaining to spinal cord injuries. CareCure also has forums where individuals can ask SCI-Nurses questions relating to a new injury, relationships and sexuality, caregiving, equipment, exercise, and overall care.

Life After Spinal Cord Injury (LASCI)

LASCI is a peer support group for individuals with spinal cord injuries, as well as their loved ones and caregivers. The LASCI Facebook page provides a community for interactive discussion posts, as well as recent media and news updates.

Inspired Spinal Cord Injury Support Community

Inspired Spinal Cord Injury Support Community has multiple interactive discussion boards covering a range of topics revolving around SCI.