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About Don Meyer


Mike Houle picture of DonDon Meyer is the director of the Sibling Support Project. Don is probably best known for creating Sibshops, lively programs just for young brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Currently, there are over 475 Sibshops in eight countries. Don also created SibKids, SibTeen and SibNet, online communities for young and adult brothers and sisters which allow thousands of siblings from around the world to connect with their peers.

Don was a founder of the SEFAM (Supporting Extended Family Members) program at the University of Washington, which pioneered services for fathers, siblings, and grandparents of children with special needs.

As a sought-after speaker, Don has conducted hundreds of workshops on siblings, fathers, and grandparents of children with special needs and trainings on the Sibshop model throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, Iceland, England, Italy, New Zealand, and Japan. (Learn more about the workshops Don is asked to conduct.)

 Don is the senior author or editor of seven books:

  • Sibshops: Workshops for brothers and sisters of children with special needs;
  • Uncommon Fathers: Reflections on Raising a Child with Special Needs;
  • Living with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs: a Book for Sibs;
  • Views from our Shoes: Growing up with a brother or sister with special needs; 
  • The Sibling Slam Book; 
  • Thicker than Water: Essays by Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities; and
  • The Sibling Survival Guide: Indispensable Information for Brothers and Sisters of Adults with Disabilities.

Don has been interviewed by ABC News’ 20/20, Nightline, and World News Tonight; Newsweek; The New York Times; The Washington Post; Newsday; Ladies Home Journal; National Public Radio; Good Housekeeping as well as numerous local news outlets for stories regarding siblings’ concerns.

Don is married to Terry DeLeonardis, a special education preschool teacher and consultant. They have four children.

To see Don’s Speaker Information Fact Sheet, click here.

Contact information:

Don Meyer
Director, Sibling Support Project
A Kindering Center program
6512 23rd Ave NW, #213
Seattle, WA 98117
Sibling Support Project website:
Our brothers, Our sisters, Ourselves

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