The Peer Network is powered by human connection

We pursue personal and social advancement by connecting the dots between members’ experiences, encountered community barriers, and shared interests.

We bring community to you.

Join the Peer Network


A Peer Network Coordinator will review your request to join. Once accepted, Consumer Direct Care Network will contact you through the mail. You will receive a Peer Network welcome gift and the membership packet. Your information will not be shared or used for other purposes.

The Peer Network is open to Consumer Direct Care Network participants, direct support professionals (caregivers), and specified representatives.


  • A free exclusive stakeholder membership to Applied Self Direction! You will have access to webinars, email updates, member-only resources on the ASD website, and more.
  • Access to the Life Out Loud Academy
  • Access to Peer Network events and activities
  • Positive peer support and interactions
  • Peer Network welcome gift

We bring resources. You bring experience.

The Peer Network starts the conversation by exploring four core interest areas: Advocacy, Social, Training, and Health. Each area is championed by an engaging and inspiring Conversation Leader. It is your participation that leads the conversation. It is your interest that helps us explore desired topics. We value your experience and leadership to guide the direction and growth of the Peer Network.

This unique peer-to-peer experience is thoughtfully structured to help you develop community connections, hone new skills, and improve community services. Additionally, as a Peer Network member, you’ll have access to exclusive tools, information, and opportunities including training, events, and activities at both digital and physical locations.

Join and start connecting today! Space is limited to 50 available positions.

Four Core Interest Areas

Advocacy, Social, Training, Health


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Monique | Your Advocacy Lead

Monique strives to find better outcomes and practical solutions for individuals with disabilities. Inspired by meeting people with similar needs and various challenges, she proudly advocates for needed change. Living with a mental illness, she works to educate, support, and advocate for those affected by mental illness. Monique participates on several committees including:

– NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) Missoula and NAMI Montana
– Missoula Housing Authority (MHA)
– State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)
– Western Service Area Authority (WSAA) and Missoula Local Advisory Council (LAC)
– She leads Missoula’s weekly Recovery International (RI) meeting
– She leads the weekly Missoula Adult Asperger Support Group



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Darren | Your Social Lead

Darren strives to facilitate positive social discussion for Peer Network members. He believes community involvement is essential. Darren has cerebral palsy and is one of the founders of the Peer Network. As your social lead, Darren focuses on making the Peer Network a community that is truly yours.


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Suzette | Your Training Lead

Suzette believes, with proper supports, every person is capable of learning and can be a contributing member to their community in their own individual and unique way. She finds joy in seeing people grow in their independence and shine when they reach their goals. Suzette’s passion for training and supports stems from her daughter Shannon. Shannon has an intellectual developmental disability and champions independent living.

Suzette brings the Life Out Loud Academy (LOLA) to the Peer Network. LOLA focuses on learning daily living skills to improve independence. Academy topics include: Financial Management; Cooking and Meal Preparation; Dating and Relationships; Transportation; Community Involvement; and Managing Caregiving Staff.


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Jann and Jim | Your Health Leads

Jann aspires to help her son Jim live a healthy life. Jann believes positive peer support combined with physical activity creates a healthy environment. Jim has Autism Spectrum Disorder with an intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, ADHD, and anxiety. Jim has found inclusion in high school and community activities as an opportunity to overcome life challenges.

As a parent, Jann is happy for him to be around positive peers and supported by his school and community. The healthy environment impacts not only Jim but everyone around him. Jann says, “People of all ages learn the value of inclusion and acceptance by being a teammate with Jim. It’s a win, win for everyone.”

Jim’s activities (click to expand):

– 2019 LCHS Den Men Member
– LCHS Cross Country Member (Fr, So, Jr, Sr)
– LCHS Ski Club Member (Jr, Sr)
– LCHS Cheer Team Member (Jr, Sr)
– LCHS Track Team (Fr, So, Jr, Sr)
– LCHS Mentor (Sr)
– LCHS’s Special Needs Basketball event organizer and player (2017, 2018 and 2019)
– LCHS Wrestling team (Fr)
– LCHS Boy’s JV Basketball Team Manager (So)
– Special Olympics USA Games, Youth Leadership Experience Attendee (July 2018)
– City of Coeur d’Alene Parks and Recreation Commission Member (Sept. 2018 – Present)
– CDA Team Hoyt Volunteer Racer (2017 to Present)
– Idaho Special Olympics Alpine, Bowling, and Track Athlete (2014 – Present)
– Community Races, including half marathons and triathlons