The relationship between siblings is one of the longest and most socially significant bond that exists. And, if one of the siblings has a disability, it’s a relationship that comes with a lifelong set of unique issues-some good, some challenging. Just like children with special needs, siblings needs support, connection and recognition.
Siblings are a vital link to the world beyond family; and yet, their concerns often get overshadowed by the day-to-day needs of their brother or sister. Some resources for siblings are listed below:
Sibling Support Program
The Sibling Support Program provides support to siblings of people with disabilities across the lifespan. The website provides information about statewide Sibshop support groups, workshops, national listservs and general information about the needs and concerns of siblings. (Go to this website)
Sib Leadership Network
This projects works to provide siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities the information, support and tools they need to advocate with their brothers and sisters and to promote the issues important to them and their families. (Go to this website)
Adult Sibling Toolkit
A planning guide for siblings of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Washington State. Sponsored by The Arc of Snohomish County and the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council.
Video: Special Siblings, Special Love
In this video, produced by King County DDD and the Arc of King County, siblings share what their relationships are like with their siblings with developmental disabilities.
Easter Seals Sibling Study: Executive Report
Easter Seals recently released a report on the experience of siblings with a developmental, intellectual or physical disability. The executive summary of the report summarizes what their study found.
(Read the Executive Summary | Go to Easter Seals website to download the full report – Registration required)
Is there another resource you’d like to share or advice you’d like to give other siblings? Email us and let us know!