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Connect with other adult sibs in your community!

With increasing frequency, states are starting their own programs for adult sibs.  These grassroots efforts provide adult brothers and sisters with opportunities for helpful information, support, and resources.  Below please find a list of what’s available right now.  Be sure to check back often, as the list is sure to grow.

If you’d like to start an adult sibling group in your community, please give us a call at 206-297-6368.  We’d be happy to help in any way we can. 

Also, if you want to get an adult sibling group going, please consider joining the AdultSibGroup.  This is a listserv just for those running a community-based adult sibling group. (On the other hand, if you are looking for a listserv specifically for adult sibs, be sure to check out SibNet. This wise and warm community of adult sisters and brothers has provided members with support and information for over ten years.)

Illinois
S.I.B.S (Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters).  S.I.B.S. sponsors AdultSibsNet, a listserv/Yahoo Group for adult sibs in Illinois.

Minnesota
The Arc of the Greater Twin Cities features events for siblings of all ages.  Programs for adult brothers and sisters include caregiver support and provide information accessing services such as medical assistance, supplemental security income, waivers, employment and housing. They are also planning an adult sibling conference for November of 2008!

New York

A Day for Siblings: Thursday, May 8, 2008
At The YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities International Conference
New York City
Informative, supportive, insightful sessions for and by adult siblings.
For more information and to register, please see conference brochure at www.yai.org/conference Questions? Please contact Emily Marino at emarino@yai.org or 212-273-6534.

Located in New York City, AHRC offers adult sibling support groups, adult sibling book clubs, counseling and informational resources.

Ohio
Ohio SIBS offers an annual adult sibling conference, provides technical assistance for local support groups in Ohio, publishes a quarterly newsletter (Sibling SPHERE) and provides information and referral for adult siblings across the state.

Tennessee
TABS (Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters) is a newly organized group for adult siblings of individuals with disabilities. TABS understand that being an adult sibling of a brother or a sister with a disability has its rewards and challenges. Giving support to and receiving support from siblings who have experienced these rewards and challenges themselves can be both healing and celebratory. Support from peers can generate opportunities for emotional growth, can aid in making connections with services and supports from those who have “been there,” and can enable a stronger and more fulfilling bond with a brother or a sister.

Washington State
The Washington State Adult Sibs (WSAS) group sponsors a listserv where members can connect with other Washington State adult sibs and learn and seek information about services in Washington State for adults with disabilities.  WSAS also sponsors “Blue Moon” get-togethers that provide attendees with camaraderie, information, good food, knowing laughs, and maybe a glass of wine!

Wisconsin
The Fox Valley Sibling Support Network sponsors an annual adult sibling conference and hosts workshops on planning for the future of a sibling who has a disability.


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