Peer Mentor Program at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

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Info Sheet

Reviewed Date

Jun 3, 2024

The Henry B. Betts LIFE Center has developed a peer mentor program that is directed by the LIFE Center with additional advocacy consultation from Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, a non-residential independent living center.


A peer mentor is a person with a disability, family member or caregiver who has successfully transitioned back to the community and illustrates the possibilities of ability. A peer mentor shares their story, insights and supports continued engagement in life-long learning.

Peer mentors are available to patients and their families at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab flagship hospital, Outpatient, and  Day Rehabilitation sites.

A Peer Mentor is someone who can talk with you about:              
Managing your care  
Transitioning to the community 
Living Independently
Strategies that support goal achievement and community integration
Identifying and accessing resources

To arrange a visit, contact:
Cris Mix, OTR/L, Education Program Manager, Henry B. Betts LIFE Center
312.238.5433 or email:,

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This content is for informational purposes only and may not be comprehensive. Information contained does not imply an endorsement from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and does not replace the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.  See here for further details.
© Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago).
Henry B. Betts LIFE Center – (312) 238-5433 –



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