There are a number of local support groups for persons with disabilities and their families. All are welcome to participate. These groups serve as a gathering place offering peer-to-peer support and advice in dealing with the daily challenges of living with a disability. They are an opportunity to learn from the experience of others, who once had the same questions as you, and for others to learn from your experience.
Brain Injury Families & Friends
Sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of Washington, D.C. and MedStar NRH, this group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the MedStar NRH TeleHealth Conference Room on the first floor. Connect with members of the DC area brain injury community and meet other families who are going through the same things you are. Hear from brain injury survivors and their families and learn about the resources that are available to help you. For more information, contact Carol Bartlett (MedStar NRH) at 202-877-1642 or Ellen Ramsay (BIADC) at 301.641.4793.
For stroke survivors, family and friends. Meets on the fourth Monday of every month in the MedStar NRH TeleHealth Conference Room from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information, call the Speech Language Pathology Department at 202-877-1440.
A support group for adult family members and caregivers whose child and/or loved one is a patient at the National Center for Children's Rehabilitation. For meeting times & locations contact 202-877-1824.
Amputee Support Group
A support group for Amputees and their family and friends. The group meets the 3rd Monday of each month from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the TeleHealth Conference Room (First Floor) of MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, please contact the information line at 202-877-1501.
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Information & Support Group
The Vocational Rehabilitation department at MedStar NRH offers a monthly information and support group to assist patients with meeting their vocational goals. Group participation is encouraged so that individuals can share experiences and resources with each other. Meets the 1st Wednesday of every month from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the NRH Auditorium. For more information, call Marion Levine at 202-877-1198.
Urban Re-Entry Group
For individuals with violently acquired disabilities. Helps with community reintegration. This group meets every Tuesday from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in the MedStar NRH Auditorium, Ground Floor. Contact Dr. Sam Gordon at 202-877-1923 for more information.
Support Group for Latino Patients and their Families
This group is designed for people who have suffered a stroke or other injury to the brain and are seeking support while regaining independence and returning to activities of daily living prior to the injury. Meets at MedStar NRH in the New Value Conference Room, Ground Floor, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Drinks and snacks provided. For more information contact Ilana Oliff at 202-877-1452 or email@example.com.