Support Groups

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.

Cardiac Support Group - Heart Talks

Heart Talks is a support group for people with a history of cardiac disease, and their family and friends.  The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 2 to 3 p.m., in the Telehealth Conference Room, on the first floor of MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C.  This group offers people affected by cardiac illness a space to learn, share and connect with one another. Parking is available onsite and is validated for all attendees.

For more information, contact Kidist Surafel at 202-877-1517 or email [email protected].

Expressions Club

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 lead by Sara Langley and meets every Tuesday at 1 p.m., in the Dining Room at MedStar NRH. 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 Jessica Copperman at 202-877-1026.

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 202-877-1120 for more information.


MedStar NRH Support Groups for all patients & those with SCI



Support Group/Psychology Group Schedule

Upper Extremity Wellness Group

Tuesdays – 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Outpatient Gym – 1st Floor
Ava Fitzpatrick

Urban Re-Entry Group

Tuesdays – 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Auditorium – Ground Floor
Ahsaki Hill/Samuel Gordon, PhD

Expressions Club

Tuesdays – 1 to 3 p.m.
Dining Room/Ground Floor Atrium
RSVP required
Sara Langley

Cardiac Heart Talks – Cardiac Support Group

3rd Tuesday each month – 2 to 3 p.m.
Telehealth Conference Room – 1st Floor
Kidist Surafel
[email protected]

Relapse Prevention Group*

Thursdays – 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
3rd Floor South Conference Room
Ahsaki Hill/Samuel Gordon, PhD

*This group is intended for persons with chronic medical conditions or physical disabilities who would benefit from peer support developing and implementing strategies to avoid the use or abuse of alcohol or other drugs.