April 10 is National Siblings Day! The brothers and sisters of people with disabilities have unique and undeniably valuable relationships with their siblings. Here are some ways for siblings – both children and adults – can get more involved in the movement for people with disabilities and each other!
The Sibling Leadership Network provides siblings with information, support, and tools they need to advocate with their brothers and sisters and promote issues important to them and their families. There are now over 4000 members and 19 state chapters of the Sibling Leadership Network.
The Sibling Support Project is dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns. The project has created Sibshops, hosts online groups for sibs, and written books on siblings’ issues.
Check out The Sibling Survival Guide: Indispensible Information for Brothers and Sisters of People with Disabilities, written by members of the Sibling Leadership Network and the Sibling Support Project. And learn about other great books for and by young and adult sibs here!
Ways to Connect:
Whether they’re kids or adults, brothers and sisters tell us that there is no substitute for connecting with others who “get it.” Here are some options for sibs across the lifespan:
Adult sibs can:
- Attend The Sibling Leadership National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on May 30-31, 2015;
- Participate in activities hosted by the state chapters of the Sibling Leadership Network;
- Join SibNet Facebook page for adult sibs (co-hosted by the Sibling Support Project and the Sibling Leadership Network); and
- Join the brand-new Sib20 Facebook page for young adult sibs (co-hosted by the Sibling Support Project and Sibs’ Journey).
Young sibs can: