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Since 1996, SibNet has connected tens of thousands of sisters and brothers from around the globe with their peers,

providing members with validation, information, and advice.

SibNet is a remarkably thoughtful, nonjudgmental community of adult sisters and brothers of people who have disabilities. On SibNet, we share:

  • Concerns and challenges--but we also share insights and joys that only other sibs are likely to understand; and 
  • Information about services, resources, and strategies that help members advocate for their brothers and sisters, themselves, and their families.

Like the greater sibling community, SibNet has a diverse membership: We come from all economic, religious, and cultural backgrounds.  We have sibs who have autism, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, fragile X, and other disabilities.  

Some of us think that having a sib with a disability has enriched our lives, while others find having a sib with a disability a source of stress and even pain.  And for many more, it has been a mixed bag, with “good stuff” and “not-so-good stuff” occurring simultaneously.  All of these experiences are valid and all views are welcome on SibNet.

SibNet is a “closed” group. Only adult siblings of people with special needs may be members.  

The Facebook SibNet group is the most active version of SibNet, but SibNet continues to be offered as a Yahoogroup.  You are welcome to join either—or both!

To join SibNet on Facebook, click here  (As a closed Facebook group, your Facebook friends can’t see what you’ve posted on SibNet unless they are also members of SibNet.)  To subscribe to the SibNet on Yahoogroups, click here

Read a brief history of SibNet

Join Us At One of Our Workshops or Training Events
The only way to become a first-generation Sibshop facilitator is to attend a two-day Sibshop training.

Even if you don't want to  become a Sibshop facilitator, you can join us for the first day for a lively and rewarding discussion of sibs' issues across the lifespan. 

Please know:
Registration costs are determined by the agencies hosting the workshops and trainings.  For information and to register, please contact these agencies directly. 

Below you'll find dates for upcoming Sibshop facilitator trainings and other sibling workshops.  If you'd like to discuss hosting a training in your community, please drop us a line at