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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.
About what we do: We believe that disabilities, illnesses, and mental health concerns 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 increase parents' and service 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, social network sites, 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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Announcing our newest book:
The Sibling Survival Guide:
Indispensable Information for Brothers and Sisters of Adults with Disabilities
Edited by Don Meyer and Emily Holl
On sale now. All royalties support the Sibling Leadership Network.
If you're a teen or adult sister or brother of someone with a disability, then this book is for you. Edited by experts in the field of disabilities and sibling relationships, with a beautiful foreword by Rachel Simon, The Sibling Survival Guide focuses on the topmost concerns identified by siblings from across the country. Experienced siblings and service providers offer practical information and personal anecdotes on many facets of the sibling experience including:
- Statistics & research about siblings
- Younger siblings' feelings
- Impact on life decisions
- Dating, love, marriage and baby carriages
- Caring for multiple generations
- Aging and disability
- Taking care of yourself
- Getting services
- Future planning
Parents, counselors, and disability service providers will also want a copy of this useful book!
"If you are looking for absolutely the most up-to-date information of crucial importance to brothers and sisters of people with disabilities, you must add this book to your collection. Don Meyer and Emily Holl, top experts in this field, have carefully researched every source that will answer all your questions about how best to take care of your brother or sister now and in the future."
—Mary McHugh, author, Special Siblings: Growing Up with Someone with a Disability
"From Rachel Simon's welcoming foreword to Don and Emily's graceful conclusion, this is a volume you'll return to again and again. Because you will trust the voices on every page."
—Judy Karasik, co-author with Paul Karasik of The Ride Together: A Brother and Sister's Memoir of Autism in the Family
"This book is an extremely valuable compendium of information, ideas, and inspiration that not only guides the reader but encourages reflection. How nice it is to have such a realistic and sensitive portrayal of the adult sibling experience."
—Tom Fish, Ph.D., director of Social Work and Family Support Services, The Ohio State University Nisonger Center
"Here it is at last, the book I have been waiting for! This book has information that could be life changing for siblings and the sibs they support. I can only imagine the difference it would have made if my sister and I had had this book in our hands when our mother passed away."
—Nora Fox Handler, sister of three men with intellectual disabilities, sibling advocate, and founding member of SIBS Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters
The new edition of Sibshops: Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special 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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