Support Groups

Experience our peer support groups

Each month, Connections for Independent Living hosts several peer support groups. These informal groups offer enrichment in physical and mental health, socialization, stress management, and disability education. All support groups are free of cost to Connections consumers.

Knowledgeable Connections staff members coordinate these voluntary groups, but it is the members who actively participate and guide the conversation. Participants offer support, teach valuable skills, and share useful information. Through active participation, consumers can overcome barriers, handle the stress of living with a disability, and gain awareness of resources that are helpful in maintaining personal independence through these interactions and tools.

Refer to our calendar as to which peer group will be in-person or hybrid. 

Please join us.

Active support groups

Participants share information about how they cope with anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD). This group meets every third Thursday from 2—3 p.m. Online only.

Online: bit.ly/ConnectionsAnxiety

Passcode: 549156

Meeting ID: 862 1870 9472

Telephone: 253-215-8782, then type 86218709472#, 0#, 549156#

This group teaches people how to advocate for themselves. It meets the second Tuesday of each month from 10—11 a.m. Online only.

Online: bit.ly/ConnectionsSelf-Advocacy

Passcode: 752016

Meeting ID: 849 4953 1378

Telephone: 669-900-6833, then type 84949531378#, 0#, 752016#

This group offers information and support to individuals who have experienced a Brain Injury, stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or any other type of brain injury. Caregivers are welcome. It meets the second Monday of each month from 1—2:30 p.m. Online and in-person available.

Online: https://bit.ly/ConnectionsBrainInjury

Meeting ID: 89278162272 

Telephone: 253-215-8782, then type 89278162272#, #

Inactive support groups

A support group for those living with chronic pain and illness that focuses on positive actions. This group meets every first Thursday of the month from 3—4:30 p.m.

A support group for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and Deaf/Blind to socialize. This group meets every second Thursday of the month from 3:30—5:30 p.m.

Learn about and share strategies for living with low vision/blindness. This group meets every fourth Tuesday from 11 a.m.—12 noon. Online and in-person.

Online:

Passcode: TBA

Meeting ID: TBA

Telephone: TBA

This informal group is for individuals who live with a disabling condition to socialize and discuss any topic they choose. The Social Group meets the second Friday of each month at 1 p.m.

Veterans provide support to each other and learn and share strategies for living in the civilian world. The group meets every Wednesday, from 3:30—5:00 p.m. 

Online: TBA

Meeting ID: TBA 

Telephone: TBA

A safe environment for women with disabilities to provide support to each other. This group meets the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. In-person and online available.