Peer Support Class – Asheville area

Vaya Health Peer Support

What will I learn?

This training involves lectures and group activities. The group activities require respect and support. The trainers will utilize class participation, involvement in group activities, as well as general attendance to assess readiness to deliver peer support services in a professional setting. In addition to providing education to participants, there will be skill-building through role plays, take-home activities, and sharing of personal recovery experiences related to overcoming mental health and/or addiction challenges. Vaya Health’s North Carolina Peer Support Specialist training is a 40-hour program scheduled on five days. A brief graduation ceremony will be held on the afternoon of the final training day. Our current training curriculum meets the criteria set forth by the state of North Carolina.

What do I need to do to be admitted?

You are required to have a minimum of nine (9) months of demonstrated, sustained recovery to be eligible for this training. You must also have a High School Diploma or GED.                                   

To receive a completion of training certificate, students must be present and participate on ALL of the scheduled days and hours. If you are unable to attend all hours, please do not apply at this time. Students who do not complete all 40 hours will not earn the certificate of completion, which is required for NC Peer Support Specialist Certification.

 How do I register?


Print your application and two reference sheets. When completed mail to:
Vaya Health/Smoky Mountain
Attention: Peer Support Training
408-B Spaulding Road
Marion, NC 28752

What are the program costs?

Tuition $30.00 for Materials

NOTE: Please do not send payment with your application. Upon selection, you will be asked to send payment.

When are the next classes?

Peer support Specialist:
June 26-30th                 8:00-5:00
July 10th-14th               8:00-5:00
October 23-27th                       8:00-5:00

After Class?

  • To become a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist, you must have a minimum of one year of demonstrated, sustained recovery.
  • For NC PSS certification you will need to have an additional 20 hours of training. Information on this training will be covered fully during Vaya’s 40 hour training.
  • Then you can submit an application to the state to be certified ($15).

Goodwill- 828-298-9023
Vaya Health- 828-225-2785 ext. 5132

Parker Utter
Skills Training Recruitment Specialist
Goodwill Industries
1616 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: (828) 298-9023 Ext. 1106

Contact your Senators and Representatives and let them know what you think

Disability Integration Act Introduced in Both Houses: Urge Your Senators and Representatives to Co-Sponsor this Important Legislation!

NCIL is excited to inform you that the Disability Integration Act (DIA) has been reintroduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives! Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced S. 910 in the Senate on April 7, and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced H.R. 2472 in the House just last week, on May 16.

If passed, the DIA will establish new federal law that addresses the constitutional right of people with disabilities to live in the community. The DIA addresses the fundamental issue that people who need long term services and supports (LTSS) are often forced into institutions and lose their basic freedom and civil rights. This legislation will require states and insurance providers that pay for LTSS to reverse this institutional bias, provide community-based services first, and offer home and community-based services (HCBS) to people currently in institutions.

The DIA builds on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Olmstead decision, and programs like Money Follows the Person and the Community First Choice Option. The DIA is the next logical step in the disability community’s fight to FREE OUR PEOPLE. For more information on the DIA, please visit and see the list of organizations supporting the legislation. See below for a list of current co-sponsors of the DIA and take action!

Take Action!

Now that the bill has been introduced in both the Senate and the House, we want to keep up the momentum! Please contact your members of Congress and tell them to co-sponsor this bipartisan, bicameral piece of legislation!

Senate: S. 910, introduced by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on April 7, 2017


  • Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
  • Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)
  • Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

House: H.R. 2472, introduced by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) on May 16, 2017


  • Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)
  • Representative Robert Brady (D-PA)
  • Representative Lacy Clay (D-MO)
  • Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN)
  • Representative John Conyers (D-MI)
  • Representative Danny Davis (D-IL)
  • Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
  • Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO)
  • Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
  • Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
  • Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA)
  • Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI)
  • Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
  • Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)
  • Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
  • Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
  • Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY)

LET US HEAR YOUR VOICE! – Asheville March 20

DisAbility Partners Needs Your Input!

Please share your thoughts and ideas about issues and barriers affecting people with disabilities and what steps DisAbililty Partners can take to challenge those issues!

Help us with goals to acheive for 2017 – 2020

A chate session is scheduled:
Monday, March 20 at 2:00pm

Disability Partners Office – Asheville Office

If you cannot attend, we will have other options available for you.  Call us for more information.


Light refreshments will be served.

108 New Leicester Highway – 828-298-1977

Don’t Miss This Opportunity to talk to a CPA!  – Asheville area PRE registration required

Don’t Miss This Opportunity to talk to a CPA!

We Still Have Space Left! 

“Ask a CPA Day” next Saturday, January 7th

  • How can I take advantage of current tax credits?
  • Am I maximizing deductions for my self-employment or business income?
  • How much can I put away tax-free into my retirement plan or Health Savings Account?
  • How does the Affordable Care Act impact my taxes?
  • From a tax standpoint, would it be advantageous to incorporate my small business?

Have you had these or similar tax questions and would love the opportunity to get professional advice from a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)?

Here is your chance! Next Saturday, January 7, 2016, OnTrack WNC Financial Education & Counseling and the North Carolina Association of CPAs Western Carolina Chapter are partnering to present “Ask a CPA Day”. The day is possible thanks to generous CPAs who are donating their time to help people start the new year off with information they need.

Advance registration is required and space is limited. Appointments are available for one hour time slots from 9 am – 4 pm at OnTrack WNC’s office at 50 South French Broad Avenue, second floor.

Call OnTrack WNC at 828-255-5166 to schedule your appointment for “Ask a CPA Day”.  

Whether you have a small business or have questions about your personal finances, “Ask a CPA Day” appointments are available as a FREE, private, and confidential service to the community.

2014 Autumn Fest

2014 Autumn Fest(2)

Please Join Stalls Medical, Adaptive Vans and NC Spinal Cord Injury Association

November 6, 2014
11:00am – 3:00pm
7980 Chapel Hill Rd., Suite 101
Cary, NC 27513

Opportunities to see new equipment, current technologies, accessible travel, adaptive sports and gaming, as well as the latest mobility trends!

BBQ lunch provided
Raffle Prizes
Come enjoy the fun and invite your family and friends!

RSVP: 919-233-0732 or 919-234-4161

** NOTICE **

The North Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council (NCSILC) will hold an electronic vote on the following two matters on Tuesday, September 16, 2014:

1. endorsement of applicant Barry Washington for membership on NCSILC; and

2. endorsement of applicant Lacey Coward for membership on NCSILC.

Applicants endorsed for membership by NCSILC will be recommended to the North Carolina Office of Boards and Commissions for appointment to the council.

NCSILC invites input from the public on Mr. Washington and Ms. Coward’s applications for membership.  You may direct Comments and questions to the NCSILC office by mail addressed to NCSILC, 505 Oberlin Road Suite 206, Raleigh, NC 27605; by e-mail addressed to; by fax to (919) 835-4749; or by phone at (919) 835-3636.

Comments must be received by 5:00 PM on Monday, September 15, 2014.  All comments will be shared with NCSILC members before votes are cast.

Joy A Shabazz Center 17th Annual Eat, Meet and Greet – Greensboro

Joy A Shabazz Center for Disability Rights

Invites the Disability Community and Our Friends to Join Us at Our:
17th Annual Eat Meet and Greet

Monday, September 22, 2014
11:00am to 3:00pm
Doubletree Hotel
3030 High Point Rd.
Greensboro, North Carolina 27403

Please R.S.V.P. by September 15 at: or call (336) 272-0501 ext. 311

Great Food, Fun & Door prizes!

Car Show for a Cause! Asheville


Disability Partners is partnering with individuals and the community to enhance, advocate for and support personal choices, independent living and community inclusion.  Proceeds will support programs made available by the Employment Network that promote successful return to work by providing individualized support services, as well as our computer program, which facilitates access to technology, resources, and connection to community.
Saturday, October 4 from
12:00 to 4:00 pm
at the Old Home Place
4060 North Mills River
Mills River, NC

Show off your antique, classic or custom car or truck.
1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies are given for Best in
Show. Entry fees are $10.00 if pre-registered by September 26
$15.00 if registered on the day of show.

Contact Disability Partners at 298-1977 to pre-register and/or for more information. All entry fees can be paid at the time of the event.

Admission is free for all visitors
Hot Dog lunch is available along with music and the chance to see a variety of spectacular cars and trucks.

Raffle prizes will be throughout the day


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Open House – August 22, 2014

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Come to Our Open House!


Friday, August 22, 2014 — 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.


Visit us in our new offices at 3724 National Drive, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27612. Light snacks will be served.

Note – if you are a donor or volunteer, you received an invitation to a special open house on a different day, but you are welcome to attend either one (or both).


Save the Date — November 7, 2014

Nominations for our 2014 Champions for Equality and Justice Awards will close on September 12, 2014. Get more information and download the nomination form.


At this year’s reception, in addition to recognizing the recipients of the 2014 Champions Award, we will announce a new award to celebrate the life and advocacy of Adele Foschia. The Adele Foschia Award for Lifetime Cross-Disability Advocacy will be given by Disability Rights NC from time-to-time to individuals who have excelled in advocating for the rights of people with all types of disabilities.


The Awards Reception will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Durham Arts Council beginning at 6:00 pm. Tickets are on sale now. Contact Elaine Whitford at for sponsorship information.

Press Release

 Last week, Disability Rights NC filed a lawsuit against Duke University for failing to provide accommodations to a student with disabilities. Read more about the case here.


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New Voter Laws

Did you know that new voter laws go into full effect in 2016?  Do you know what the new laws are?

The SILC office had a visit today from two gentlemen who are with the Voter Outreach Department of the North Carolina State Board of Elections.  Their job and goal is to inform all voters of the state of what is and is not in the new laws.

Did you know that any person voting curbside or absentee does not have to provide a photo ID, just any ID that shows where they live?  Did you know that any person without a photo ID is still going to be allowed to vote?  They will vote a provisional ballot that just means that it’s researched to be proven accurate for voter name and address.    For more information regarding all the new laws go to  There are a couple of links that will supply information that can answer your questions.