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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

 Sibling Survival Guide

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
  • Advocacy
  • 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 Sibling Survival Guide is on sale now!


        The new edition of Sibshops: Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs is now available!

        Sibshops: Workshops for siblings of children with special needs, new edition
        • Read praise from Ann Turnbull, Rachel Simon, Ann Kaiser, and others for Sibshops.  

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        What's New

        (Looking for dates for upcoming sibling workshops and Sibshop facilitator trainings?  Please see below!)

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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 facilitator trainings and other sibling workshops:
        Sibling Workshops and Sibshop Facilitator Training: Friday January 30 (1-7 pm) and Saturday January 31 (9 am-3 pm), 2015

        Casper, Wyoming
        Natrona County School District
        Registration contact: Debbie Muller
        Registration webpage

        Sibling Workshops and Sibshop Facilitator Training: Friday, April 17, 2015 
        Sunday, April 19, 2015
        Ottawa, Ontario
        Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa
        Registration contact: Carol Dunn


        Sibling Workshops and Sibshop Facilitator Training: Friday May 1 and Saturday May 2, 2015
        Lansing, Michigan
        (private event, not open to the public) 

        Sibling Workshops: August 7, 2015
        North Pacific Pediatric Society
        Skamania Lodge, Washington
        Check back for registration details!

        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.  


        450 Sibshops Worldwide

        There are now over 450 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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