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.
Amputee Support Group
A support group for Amputees and their family and friends. The group meets every third Monday of each month from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the TeleHealth Conference Room (First Floor) of MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, please contact Jessica Eng at 202-877-1447.
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. - 7:00 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 Ellen Ramsay (BIADC) at 301.641.4793.
Caregiver Support Groups
You don’t have to face difficult situations alone. This group provides a safe place for caregivers to connect, gather information, and share experiences.
1st Tuesday of the month
***Patients can attend the free Adaptive Fitness Class while caregivers meet***
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Telehealth Conference Room, MedStar NRH Irving Street
Light beverages and snacks will be provided.
Please contact Evan Alderson, MSW, LGSW to RSVP at 202-877-1766 or [email protected]
For brain injury and stroke survivors, consider joining the Expressions Club if:
- You’re interested in connecting with other survivors and the community.
- You’d like to give back and have fun!
- You’d like to share your successes and challenges with others.
The Expressions Club is run by its members and meets weekly for 2 hours. Please speak with your treating clinician for more information.
Stroke Comeback Club
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 Devin Reaves at 202-877-1445.
Stroke Comeback Club in Mitchellville, MD
For stroke survivors, family and friends. Meets on the third Thursday of every month from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the MedStar NRH Network Mitchellville Clinic (12158 Central Ave, Mitchellville, MD). For more information, contact Breanne Reynolds at 301-390-3076.
Stroke Comeback Club in Bel Air, MD
For stroke survivors, family and friends. Meets on the third Thursday of every month from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the large Conference Room at the Bel Air Athletic Club (658 Boulton Street, Bel Air, MD). For more information, contact Leigh Root at 410-638-9400 x 2.
Urban Re-Entry Group
For individuals with disabilities who are victims of violence. Provides peer support to promote adapting to living in an urban environment with a disability, and helps with community reintegration including accessing resources for job re-entry, housing, and financial assistance. 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.
MedStar NRH Support Groups for all patients & those with SCI
PSYCHOLOGY GROUP ANNOUNCEMENT:
“I am back” – Coping and Adjustment with medical conditions is a psycho-educational support group for adults suffering or recovering from medical issues including: cardiac conditions; amputations; spinal cord injuries; pain; and other chronic medical problems.
This group is led by Dr. Lorraine Vinci, who is a licensed clinical psychologist.
Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m.
MedStar NRH, 102 Irving St., NW, Washington, D.C., 20010
2 South Conference Room
If you are interested in joining this group, you must register in advance. Call 202-877-1120 or stop by the Outpatient Physician’s Clinic in the MedStar NRH lobby on the first floor.
Support Group/Psychology Group Schedule
“Regresando a mi vida:" Grupo de Ajuste y Adaptacion Despues de un Problema Medico (Espanol)
Mondays – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Lorraine Vinci, PsyD
Contact: 202-877-1120 before attending! Lame al 202-877-1120 si esta interesado en particpar.
UPPER EXTREMITY WELLNESS GROUP
Tuesdays – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Outpatient Gym – 1st Floor
“I am back” – ADJUSTING & COPING WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Wednesdays – 2 to 3 p.m.
2 South Conf Rm
Ahsaki Hill/Lorraine Vinci, PsyD
TBI & STROKE ‘GREAT BRAINS’ NEXT STEPS GROUP
Thursdays – 3 p.m.
3 South Conf Rm/ Please contact before attending!
Carol Bullard-Bates, PhD
SCI PEER SUPPORT GROUP
LAST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.