Sibling relationships are often the longest relationship in a person's life; longer than a parent and definitely longer than a service provider. As siblings are starting to become more involved in the disability world or their sibling's life, organizations are starting to identify the need to include them in their strategic planning. There are often issues with trying to identify how to do that, as well as people and resources to be able to accomplish a successful sibling integration. In this session, you will hear from three siblings who are a part of the National Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) about how you can bring siblings into your organization. Kaley works for Advocacy Denver as an advocate and Emma works for Tennessee's DD Council, which gives them a unique perspective on sibling views from the disability field.
During this session, we will talk about how chapters of The Arc can work with local SLN chapters to create new sibling programs. We will identify these ways through the Sibling Caregivers program that was created together with Advocacy Denver, The Arc of Arapahoe/Douglas and the Colorado chapter of the SLN. We will provide a demonstration of this program while discussing how we worked together to create it, how our relationship started, the benefits of working together, a list of resources for siblings in your state and some of the curriculum we used. Everyone will also take home The Arc and SLN Engagement Handout which will list easy ways for local chapters to work together to grow their impact on sibling support while sharing resources.