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A Message for Adult Brothers and Sisters

Thanks for dropping by! Most adult sibs make incredible—but too often underappreciated--contributions to the lives of their brothers and sisters who have special health, developmental, and mental health concerns. We’re glad you're here!


While you’re here on our website, here are a few things you might want to check out:

SibNet is the Internet’s oldest and biggest online community just for adult brothers and sisters. It is a remarkably caring and thoughtful community that will welcome you regardless of how you are feeling about your sib and your family today! 

Sibshops are lively events for young sibs of kids with special needs. We love to have adult sibs as Sibshop facilitators--and adult sibs say they get a lot out of running them too. See where a Sibshop is located in your community and consider being a volunteer. Not a Sibshop in your community? Write us and we can explore starting one.

Attend one of our workshops or a Sibshop training (even if you don’t want to run a Sibshop). You will likely meet other adult sibs there--and the entire workshop will, for once, be about “your stuff”!

Read books by and about brothers and sisters. We’ve published two books for adult sibling readers:
• Thicker Than Water: Essays by Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities; and
• The Sibling Survival Guide: Indispensible Information for Brothers and Sisters of Adults with Disabilities

But there are other great books by sibs who are also excellent writers. Here are a few of our favorites:
• Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey by Rachel Simon;
• Special Siblings: Growing Up With Someone with a Disability by Mary McHugh;
• The Ride Together: A Brother and Sister's Memoir of Autism in the Family by Paul Karasik and Judy Karasik ;
• How to Be a Sister: A Love Story with a Twist of Autism by Eileen Garvin;
• Being the Other One: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister Who Has Special Needs by Kate Strohm; and
• That Went Well: Adventures in Caring for My Sister by Terrell Harris Dougan.

Read our papers “What Siblings Would Like Parents and Service Providers to Know” and "I am Constantly Thinking about Bev and Her Future."

Join the Sibling Leadership Network. The mission of the SLN is to provide siblings of individuals with disabilities the information, support, and tools to advocate with their brothers and sisters and to promote the issues important to them and their entire families. There, you can also learn about state gatherings for adult siblings.

Be one our angels! It’s tricky finding funding to support brothers and sisters. Your donations really help!

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