Importance of Siblings’ Role with Special Needs Family Member

Want to improve long-term outcomes for people with disabilities? Attend to their brothers and sisters. 

Brothers and sisters will be in the lives of family members with special needs longer than anyone. They will be there after their parents are gone and special education services are a distant memory.

The sibling relationship gives new meaning to “being there for the long haul.” 

If typically developing siblings are provided with support and information, they can help their brothers and sisters live dignified lives from childhood to their senior years.


The Sibling Support Project can help you reach out to the brothers and sisters in your community. 


Since 1990, the Sibling Support Project has pioneered providing support to siblings of all ages. We’ve helped local communities start over 450 Sibshops in eight countries. We’ve connect thousands of young, teen, and adult sibs at workshops, conferences, and online. And we’ve presented on sibling issues to audiences of family members, service providers, and university students and personnel at universities, hospitals, and nonprofit agencies worldwide.

Giving brothers and sisters the support, information, and tools they need benefits everyone: typically developing sibs, parents, taxpayers, service providers, and especially the family member who has a disability.Let us show you how you can support brothers and sisters in your community.


Learn more about what we do 

The workshops and training we offer 

Sibling Support Project workshops 2002–2013(.doc)

Don Meyer speaker profile (.doc)

Sibling Support Project website 


The Sibling Support Project

Don Meyer, director

A Kindering Center program 

6512 23rd Ave NW 

Seattle, WA 98117 206-297-6368 

Our brothers, our sisters, ourselves



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