Disability Pride and Peer Mentoring
By: Trampes Brown, Peer Mentoring Specialist
Often times, individuals do not associate pride with disability. Some don’t view their personal disability as an area of their life to feel pride. Pride is a sense of accomplishment that is self-given. When we think about disability pride, we view it from a different perspective. For example, a professional athlete may find pride in winning a game or title, whereas a person with a disability may find pride in accomplishing tasks such as living independently or finding employment.
The peer mentoring program at Independence Inc. encourages individuals to explore disability pride. Once someone has learned to find pride in their disability, they want to share their experiences and inspire others to feel their own sense of pride. Peer mentoring allows for both the mentor and person being mentored to realize disability is not something to be ashamed of, but rather an opportunity to empower themselves and others. If you would like to learn more about the Peer Mentoring Program at Independence, Inc. please contact Trampes Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-839-4724.