Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities: What do you need and how do you want to connect, if at all?
February 6, 2012 2:02 PM Subscribe
I want to start a social support network for young adult (18-35) siblings of individuals with disabilities in my area. How do I best serve this population and create meaningful connections? If you are affected in one way or another, please share your needs/insights!
posted by doctordrey to Human Relations (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Siblings of individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities are an often forgotten component of the family nucleus, which is strange considering the extensive roles we frequently play (both while the parents are alive and
are deceased). It's clear that siblings grapple with isolation and lack of knowledge about the issues that impact them (see What Siblings Would Like Parents and Service Providers to Know
, written by the Sibling Support Project).
To combat this, I'd like to create a social support network for fellow young adult siblings in my region. I've spoken only to a handful of fellow siblings and I'm still unsure what would serve this population the best (professional networking? support group setting? social outings? mentorship? volunteerism? joint activities to do with siblings? etc.)
Are you a sibling yourself? Or perhaps you are a social worker, service provider, or someone who is affected in one way or another? If so, please share how you would like to be served by this kind of a group.
Your input is greatly appreciated!