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  • Barrow Connector Peer Mentorship Program

    Barrow Connectors are the heartbeat of the Barrow Connection. The Barrow Connector Peer Mentorship Program, along with community partners Dignity Health, Ability 360, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and the Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association, offers an extensive training program to help people who have successfully adapted to a neurological disability to become mentors to another individual facing a similar circumstance.

    Barrow Connectors offer mentorship, help, and encouragement to people who are struggling to adapt to a neurological disability. They are trained to be able to guide and support those who have had a stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or another neurological injury or illness by helping them take advantage of opportunities involving sports and recreation, technology, support groups, transportation and driving, work and careers, education, and volunteering.

    The Barrow Connector Difference

    Our Barrow Connector Peer Mentorship Program differs from other support programs. When a barrow connector meets the person that he or she will mentor, it initiates a long-term support relationship that continues beyond the hospital, all the way up through and beyond home and community reintegration. Our Barrow Connectors are proactive as they reach out and offer support, yet they are also aware that support is best offered when it is ready to be received.

    The process of reintegration can be a long one, and we realize that everybody progresses at different rates. However, participants in the Barrow Connector Program can be assured that when they need one, a Barrow Connector will be there for them, ready to help them on their way to living an active life!

    How to Join

    We have more than fifty Barrow Connectors of all ages living all over the state of Arizona.

    If you would like to meet a Barrow Connector, or if you are interested in becoming a Barrow Connector yourself, please contact Tammy Abbott-Theil at [email protected] or (602) 406-3421.

    a collage showing photos of all of our barrow connector peer mentors

    The faces of the Barrow Connector Peer Mentorship Program

    About Barrow Neurological Institute

    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.