Self-help organizations empower people with chronic conditions and disabilities
A diagnosis of a chronic illness, an accident leading to irreversible injury, or the news that your child has a permanent disability – often they seem to appear out of the blue. You might be overcome with a sense of helplessness or the feeling that you have to face this new and difficult reality alone. What can you do? Who can you turn to? And who can really even understand your new situation? People with chronic illnesses or disabilities and their families often find a sympathetic ear in self-help groups. Here they can learn how to handle their change in circumstances and benefit from the experience of others who are similarly affected. They receive a wide range of information about health aids, therapies, research results, and physicians or hospitals specializing in their conditions. By bringing together people in similar situations, these support groups make an active contribution to improving not only the daily lives of individuals, but also the societal parameters for living with a disability or a chronic condition.
Self-help organizations offer useful information at REHAB
At REHAB, individuals with a disability or a chronic condition and their families will find competent contact persons from a variety of self-help organizations. The Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Selbsthilfe behinderter Menschen Baden-Württemberg e.V. (LAG SELBSTHILFE – Baden-Württemberg self-help association for disabled persons) is organizing a joint stand for health-related self-help organizations. These “experts through personal experience” will give helpful information, provide the names of local contact persons, and invite visitors to share their experiences.