About the Peer Support Network
The Peer Support Network (PSN) is a national network created by and for people with disabilities who are also survivors of sexual violence. Its creation and ongoing operation are supported by Building Partnerships Initiative and Board Resource Center.
The Peer Support Network helps people with disabilities who are also survivors of sexual violence link together, lead and support each other – a powerful advocacy leadership tool. The Peer Support Network works together with agencies, advocacy organizations and survivors across all states.
The network seeks to represent and support persons with disabilities from all walks of life, no matter where they live, what gender or race they are, or how much education or money they have.
Peer Support Network Co-Chairs
James Meadours, Patty Quatieri and Kecia Weller are the founding leaders of the national Peer Support Network.
James is a nationally recognized civil rights and sexual assault prevention advocate in the self-advocacy movement. He has spoken at numerous state and national self-advocacy meetings and is also published. James’ mission is to educate society about the high rate of sexual violence in the disability community. He is based in San Antonio, Texas and is Past President of Texas Advocates, the statewide self-advocacy group. James’s #MeToo Story
Patty is an accomplished presenter in the field of disability rights, based in Massachusetts where she travels extensively sharing her experience and recommendations. Patty has received numerous awards for her civil rights advocacy. Since joining the Sexual Assault Response Unit at the DPPC in Massachusetts, she established the first agency-wide newsletter: The Peer Support Press. Patty’s #MeToo Story
Kecia is an abuse prevention and disability rights advocate based in Los Angeles. She has been publicly advocating for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than 25 years. Kecia is one of the founding members of the California statewide Silence Equals Violence network. She works with UCLA’s Tarjan Center as a statewide self-advocate and community liaison, and in 2017 was appointed by Governor Brown to the state rehabilitation council. Kecia is also a dedicated peer mentor. Kecia’s #MeToo Story
Peer Support Network Contact Information: [email protected]