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, 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, 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.
Special messages for:
- Young brothers and sisters
- Teen brothers and sisters
- Adult brothers and sisters
- Parents, grandparents and other family members
- Service providers
In 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!
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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