About what we do: We believe that disabilities, illness, and mental health issues affect the lives of all family members. Consequently, we want to increase the peer support and information opportunities for brothers and sisters of people with special needs and to increase parents' and providers' understanding of sibling issues.
Our mission is accomplished by training local service providers on how to create community-based peer support programs for young siblings; hosting workshops, listservs, and websites for young and adult siblings; and increasing parents' and providers' awareness of siblings' unique, lifelong, and ever-changing concerns through workshops, websites, and written materials.
In this thought-provoking
essay collection, thirty-nine adult siblings (ages 20 to 70) reflect on
how their lives
have been indelibly shaped by their relationship with a brother or
sister with special needs. Edited by Don Meyer, Thicker
than Water reveals both
positive and negative aspects of growing up with someone who might have
received the lion’s share of his parents’ attention or who now requires
extra support as an adult. Authors include Rachel Simon (Riding
the Bus with My Sister), Mary McHugh (Special Siblings),
Kate Strohm (Being the Other One), Veronica Chater (Waiting
for the Apocalypse), Edgar-award winning author Nancy Werlin,
filmakers Jeff Daly (Where's Molly?), Jennifer Owensby (The
Teachings of Jon), and Susan Hamovitch (Without Apology),
Kim Keprios (Ex. Director of the Arc of the Great Twin Cities), Doreen
Croser (Ex. Director of the American Association of Intellectual &
Developmental Disabilities), disability activist Jeff Moyer and many
The only way to become a first-generation Sibshop facilitator is to attend a two-day Sibshop training. And adult sibs, parents, service providers, university students and others often join us for the first day for a lively and rewarding discussion of sibs' issues across the lifespan. We hope you can join us!
Confirmed dates for upcoming Sibshop trainings and other sibling workshops:
Sibshop training: Monday, August 4 & Tuesday August 5, 2014
Fairfax, Virginia George Mason University | Fairfax, Virginia Funded through a grant from the Virginia Department of Education This training is for Virginia residents only. Registration contact: Gail Holloman 703-204-3941 or email@example.com
Sibshop training: Thursday, August 21 & Friday August 22, 2014 Portland, Oregon Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Souther Auditorium/Providence Portland Medical Center Social Room Registration contact: Mary Halvorson RN Swindells Resource Center Providence Child Center 503-215-2429 Mary.Halvorson@providence.org
There are now over 450 registered Sibshops in the US, Canada and beyond! Sibshops offer young sibs of kids with special needs a chance to meet other sibs, have fun, talk about their experiences, and have some more fun.
Introducing SibTeen! For quite a while, we have wanted to create a place on the internet just for teenage brothers and sister. We're happy to announce the SibTeen Facebook group! Learn more about SibTeen here!
Support the work of the Sibling Support Project! Click here to see what your donation will support!
About our parent organization, the Kindering Center. A not-for-profit neurodevelopmental center, the Kindering Center provides comprehensive services, crucial therapies, special education, and counseling for over 2,000 infants and children with special needs each year. The Kindering Center is committed to creating and providing superior, individualized, family-centered services for children who have disabilities, special health care needs, or are vulnerable because of abuse or neglect.
The Sibling Support Project is grateful for the support provided by The George A. and Marion M. Wilson Foundation
The names and logos of the Sibling Support Project, Sibshops, SibNet, SibKids, and SibGroup are trademarks of the Sibling Support Project.