SOCIL Southeastern Ohio Center for Independent Living

Serving Fairfield and Hocking Counties, Ohio

Southeastern Ohio Center for Independent Living


Assisting Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families

Fairfield County (740) 689-1494 ... Hocking County (740) 380-1475

Hours: 9 am to 5 pm

Advocacy/Peer Support

Peer Support Groups

SOCIL offers peer support and guides you toward greater self-determination and self-advocacy. SOCIL employees know first-hand the challenges and obstacles you may face and offer guidance to empower you with choices to reach your goals.

The basic philosophy behind peer support is one person with a disability offering to share his or her life experience and knowledge with another person with a disability who may be encountering a similar experience or problem.

Peer support focuses on the present and on problems that are being experienced now. The purpose of peer support is to assist the consumer in increasing self-confidence and ability to access community resources. The idea is not to "DO" for the consumer but rather to offer the necessary support that will enable the consumer to "DO" for himself or herself.

Consumers are encouraged to develop skills to become effective advocates for themselves as well as for issues of local and national interest within the disability community. You have the right to educate yourself on issues, to get involved as an individual or as part of a group, to speak for yourself, voicing your rights, your opinions, your dreams. In America, advocacy is nothing more than participating in your democratic system.

Persons interested in learning more about advocacy, being involved in ongoing advocacy efforts, or needing assistance advocating for themselves, please contact us in Logan at 740-380-1475 and in Lancaster at 740-689-1494.


Abilities United Support Group
Do you want to work, live and play in your community? Do you want to be as independent as possible and advocate for yourself? Then this group is for you! Meetings are held at Southeastern Ohio Center for Independent Living 1369 E. Front Street, Logan, monthly from 3:00pm-4:30pm, contact Jordy Stringer at 740-380-1475.

Parkinson's Support Group
Caregivers, individuals with Parkinson's, family members - anyone that would like to learn more about Parkinson's is welcome to attend the meetings at the Lancaster SOCIL office, held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 1:00pm. Facilitator: Sharon Waldo. For more information, call Diane Palmer at 740-653-0332.

Alzheimer's Support Group
Come join this group to discuss caregiving challenges and helpful tips for people with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders. Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Lancaster SOCIL office from 1:30pm-3:00pm.