Connect

Connecting with other brothers and sisters can be enormously validating and rewarding.

Connecting with other brothers and sisters in person can be a wonderful experience but it is not always practical. There might not be a “live” group nearby.  And if there is one, the times when they’re offered might not work with your busy schedule.

Our online groups allow members to get helpful support and information at all hours of the day.  And members may find that they have more in common with a sibling in a different time zone than they would have with someone in their own community.

Since 1996, we’ve offered online groups for siblings of all ages.  During that time, our groups have helped thousands of brothers and sisters get the support and information they deserve.

SibNet is the Internet’s first and largest online community for adult brothers and sisters of people with disabilities.  Created in 1996 as a listserv, SibNet became an email-based Yahoogroup in 1998.

In 2009, SibNet was also offered as a Facebook group. And in 2012, the Sibling Leadership Network became a co-sponsor of SibNet to provide members information about advocacy efforts and legislation.

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.

To join SibNet on Facebook, click here.