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About Don Meyer

Don MeyerDon Meyer is the Founder of the Sibling Support Project. Don is probably best known for creating Sibshops, lively   programs just for young brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Currently, there are over 475 Sibshops in eight countries. Don also created SibTeen Sib20, and SibNet, online communities for young and adult brothers and sisters which allow thousands of siblings from around the world to connect with their peers.

Don was a founder of the SEFAM (Supporting Extended Family Members) program at the University of Washington, which pioneered services for fathers, siblings, and grandparents of children with special needs.

As a sought-after speaker, Don has conducted hundreds of workshops on siblings, fathers, and grandparents of children with special needs and trainings on the Sibshop model throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, Iceland, England, Italy, New Zealand, and Japan. (Learn more about the workshops Don is asked to conduct.)

 Don is the senior author or editor of seven books:

  • Sibshops: Workshops for brothers and sisters of children with special needs;
  • Uncommon Fathers: Reflections on Raising a Child with Special Needs;
  • Living with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs: a Book for Sibs;
  • Views from our Shoes: Growing up with a brother or sister with special needs;
  • The Sibling Slam Book;   
  • Thicker than Water: Essays by Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities; and   
  • The Sibling Survival Guide: Indispensable Information for Brothers and Sisters of Adults with Disabilities.

Don has been interviewed by numerous news outlets for stories regarding siblings’ concerns including ABC News’ 20/20, Nightline, and World News Tonight; Newsweek; The New York Times; The Washington Post; Newsday; Ladies Home Journal; National Public Radio; and Good Housekeeping.

Don is married to Terry DeLeonardis, a special education preschool teacher and consultant. They have four children.

Contact information:

Don Meyer
Founder, Sibling Support Project

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