Ways to request a peer mentor

Give us a call

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Schedule a call with a program coordinator at a time convenient for you.

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A program coordinator will respond as soon as possible.

Meet people just like you: Our peer mentors

Our mentors are living with paralysis or caring for someone living with paralysis and understand what you are going through.

John C.
John C., 59

Location: Ohio
Injury or relation: Spinal cord injury, C3-C6 incomplete for 8 years

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Addis, 27

Location: Texas
Injury or relation: Spinal cord injury, T4 for 11 years

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Giselle, 42

Location: Maryland
Injury or relation: Transverse Myelitis for 20 years

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Sandra, 53

Location: Ohio/Michigan
Injury or relation: Spouse and caregiver

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What happens after I apply?

Step 1

1. We contact you

We have a quick chat, to make sure we really understand your needs.

Step 2

2. We match you

We find the right mentor for you, one that you can relate to.

Step 3

3. You have a mentor

Your mentor reaches out and you connect in the way that suits you.

About our peer mentoring program

We offer free mentoring to anyone seeking help. Our peer mentors will provide answers and support, share what they have learned, and help you overcome challenges.
Whether you are newly paralyzed, have been living with paralysis for years, or are a family member or caregiver, we have a peer mentor who knows what you are going through.

Frequently asked questions

What is a peer mentor?

A peer mentor is someone just like you. They’ve asked the same questions and faced similar challenges to you. They may not have the answers to all of your questions, but they will listen and provide a perspective that only someone that lives with those challenges can provide.

What kind of mentor will I be matched with?

We work hard to match you with the right person. We consider age, gender, cause of paralysis, level of injury, ethnicity, veteran status, interests, and where you live.

What kinds of things will we talk about?

It’s up to you. If you’re living with paralysis, you might want to discover what your possibilities are, or how to reach your goals. You may have questions about things like gaining confidence, going back to school or work, starting a family or about adaptive activites, durable medical equipment, or secondary conditions.

What if there are no mentors near me?

If we do not have a peer mentor in your area that matches you well, we will utilize remote mentoring. We will match you with a peer mentor within our national network who will work with you via phone, email, or Skype.

What happens after I’m matched?

Your mentor will reach out, and you decide the type, frequency, and length of your discussions. You decide what to talk about.

Other ways we can help

Ask us anything

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Have a question about paralysis? Our information specialists are available to help by phone or email.

Funding for nonprofits

Apply for a grant
We award grants up to $25,000 to nonprofit organizations that provide services to individuals impacted by paralysis.

Resources in your area

Find resources and organizations that support people living with paralysis.

The National Paralysis Resource Center website is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $8,700,000 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.