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About Emily Holl

EHEmily Holl is the Director of the Sibling Support Project. Emily is a licensed social worker, writer, and trainer who has worked in the disability field for more than 15 years, and who is well known in the sibling community. She attended the University of Massachusetts, Columbia University, and Hunter College, where she received her MSW degree.


From 2003 to 2015, Emily worked at YAI, New York City’s largest agency serving people with disabilities and their families as the senior manager for conferences and communications. At YAI, Emily conducted sibling research, launched and facilitated a future planning workshop for siblings and families, and created sibling social and support groups. For nearly a decade, Emily presented on sibling issues and coordinated sibling tracks at YAI's International Conference, which annually drew up to 5,000 professionals in the disability field. Upon completion of her MSW, Emily was a social worker at the New York League for Early Learning serving families of young children with disabilities.


In 2015, Emily joined St. Paul College in Minnesota and became the director of academic support, where she oversaw access and disability resources, and participated on the College’s behavior intervention team, and the equity and inclusion committee.


Emily and her husband Tom have two young sons. Emily also has a brother with an intellectual disability, and she has been involved in the sibling movement for years. A member of the national Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) since its inception, Emily has served on SLN’s executive board of directors. Emily founded sibsNY, and facilitated sibling groups, events, and Sibshops in New York.


Emily has written about her sibling experiences in blogs, magazines and books such as Thicker than Water. She has contributed articles about sibling research and concerns to the journal Inclusion, amongst others. Emily was a contributor to and co-editor of The Sibling Survival Guide: Indispensable Information for Adult Brothers and Sisters of People with Disabilities, published by WoodbineHouse in 2014.


Emily joined the Sibling Support Project on September 4, 2018. She can be reached at

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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. 

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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
Upcoming Events
Sibshop Facilitator Training and Sibling Workshop Nov 09, 2019 - Nov 10, 2019 — San Clemente, CA
Sibshop Facilitator Training and Sibling Workshop Nov 22, 2019 - Nov 23, 2019 — Brookville, NY
Sibshop Facilitator Training and Sibling Workshop Mar 21, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020 — Livermore, CA
Sibshop Facilitator Training and Sibling Workshop Apr 24, 2020 - Apr 25, 2020 — Chicago, IL
Sibshop Facilitator Training and Sibling Workshop May 01, 2020 - May 02, 2020 — East Lansing, MI
Upcoming events…