Support Groups for Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Support groups are an integral part of society and are created for a variety of needs. In general terms, a support group is a gathering of individuals with similar life experiences, challenges, and/or interests. The purpose of the gathering is typically to discuss shared experiences and challenges, provide advice and emotional support to one another, and learn skills and techniques for how to best manage everyday life.

There are support groups for specific health concerns (e.g., cancer, Alzheimer’s), addictions (e.g., drug, alcohol, gambling), special needs disabilities (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [ADHD]), and identity groups (e.g., transgender), among others. Support groups may also focus on a specific situation (e.g., death of spouse from cancer or divorce) or be for the caregivers of a family member ...

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