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.