Sibshops provide young brothers and sister peer support and information in a lively, recreational setting.
For the adults who run them and for the agencies that sponsor them, Sibshops are evidence of their loving concern for the family member who will have the longest-lasting relationship with a person who has a disability.
However, for the kids who attend them, Sibshops are pedal-to-the-metal events where they will:
• Meet other sibs (usually for the first time);
• Have fun;
• Talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sib with special needs with others who “get it”;
• Play some great games;
• Learn how other brother and sisters handle sticky situations sometimes faced by brothers and sisters;
• Learn something about the services their brothers and sister receive; and
• Have some more fun!
The Sibshop curriculum is used throughout the United States and Canada and in Japan, New Zealand, Argentina, Iceland, Ireland, England, Italy, and Turkey.
Learn more about Sibshops:
• Frequently Asked Questions about Sibshops.
• A brief description of Sibshops
• University of Washington Study on the impact of Sibshops
• Learn how to start a Sibshop in your community
• Get a copy of the Sibshop curriculum
• Find a Sibshop near you
• Sibshop T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Mugs and More!