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The Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns.

Celebrate National Siblings Day (April 10th) by supporting the work of the Sibling Support Project!

About what we do: We believe that disabilities, illness, and mental health issues affect the lives of all family members.  Consequently, we want to increase the peer support and information opportunities for brothers and sisters of people with special needs and to increase parents' and providers' understanding of sibling issues.

Our mission is accomplished by training local service providers on how to create community-based peer support programs for young siblings; hosting workshops, listservs, and websites for young and adult siblings; and increasing parents' and providers' awareness of siblings' unique, lifelong, and ever-changing concerns through workshops, websites, and written materials.

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Our newest book is now available!

Thicker than Water: Essays by adult siblings of people with disabilities

Thicker Than WaterIn this thought-provoking essay collection, thirty-nine adult siblings (ages 20 to 70) reflect on how their lives have been indelibly shaped by their relationship with a brother or sister with special needs. Edited by Don Meyer, Thicker than Water reveals both positive and negative aspects of growing up with someone who might have received the lion’s share of his parents’ attention or who now requires extra support as an adult.  Authors include Rachel Simon (Riding the Bus with My Sister), Mary McHugh (Special Siblings), Kate Strohm (Being the Other One), Veronica Chater (Waiting for the Apocalypse), Edgar-award winning author Nancy Werlin, filmakers Jeff Daly (Where's Molly?), Jennifer Owensby (The Teachings of Jon), and Susan Hamovitch (Without Apology), Kim Keprios (Ex. Director of the Arc of the Great Twin Cities), Doreen Croser (Ex. Director of the American Association of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities), disability activist Jeff Moyer and many others!

(Read advance reviews.  Read an excerpt.)

To learn more and order now, click here!


The new edition of Sibshops: Workshops for Siblings of Children with Sibshops: Workshops for siblings of children with special needs, new editionSpecial Needs is now available!

  • Read more about Sibshops
  • Read praise from Ann Turnbull, Rachel Simon, Ann Kaiser, and others for Sibshops
  • Order a copy of Sibshops


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Sibshop Facilitator Training
The only way to become a first-generation Sibshop facilitator is to attend a two-day Sibshop training.  And adult sibs, parents, service providers, university students and others often join us for the first day for a lively and rewarding discussion of sibs' issues across the lifespan.  We hope you can join us!
Confirmed dates for upcoming Sibshop trainings and other sibling workshops:
Workshops on sibling issues: March 18, 2014
Chicago, Illinois
Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinical Conference

Sibshop training: March 28 & 29, 2014
Delray Beach, Florida
Slomin Family Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
Registration Contact: FAU, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
1-888-632-6395 or 561-297-2055

Sibshop training: May 9 & 10, 2014
Richland, Washington
The Arc of the Tri-Cities
Registration contact: Judy Westik
509-783-1131 x 103

Workshops on sibling issues: May 18 & 19, 2014
Hilton Head, South Carolina
2014 Annual Pediatric Conference

Sibshop training: Tuesday, June 17, 2014  and Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
Norfolk, Nebraska
The Northeast Community College Lifelong Learning Center
Registration contact: Ruth Miller, Educational Service Unit #8
402-887-5041 ext 1225

Sibshop training: October 3 & 4, 2014
Chicago, Illinois
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Registration Contact: Sibsnet, Tara Conley

November 7 & 8, 2014

Odessa, Texas
Hosted by SHARE
Registration contact: Tom Jones

More trainings will be listed here as dates are confirmed, so check back often!  To learn about pending dates and locations, visit our online training calendar


Want to schedule a Sibshop training in your community?  Drop us a line at

See pictures of Sibshops from around the world!

Sibshops in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

See pictures of a recent Sibshop training and sibling workshops in Turin, Italy.  


400 Sibshops

There are now over 400 registered Sibshops in the US, Canada and beyond!  Sibshops offer young sibs of kids with special needs a chance to meet other sibs, have fun, talk about their experiences, and have some more fun.  

Find a Sibshop in your community

Learn how to start a Sibshop in your community

Frequently Asked Questions about Sibshops

See pictures of Sibshops from the around the world!

The Sibling Support Project is thrilled to announce our newest project GKSN--Grandparents of Kids with Special Needs!  No one knows what it is like to be the grandparent of a child with special needs better than another grandparent. Check it out!

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Introducing SibTeen! For quite a while, we have wanted to create a place on the internet just for teenage brothers and sister.  We're happy to announce the SibTeen Facebook group!  Learn more about SibTeen here!



The Arc of King County in Seattle produced an excellent video about sibling issues and Sibshops.  It's almost 15 minutes long, but provides great insights from sibs of different ages and cultural backgrounds.  So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and check it out!  We've been on television, radio and in newspapers quite a bit lately.  Check out our media page!

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Click here to see an extensive list of sibling-related books!

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