The Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns.
We believe that disabilities, illness, and mental health issues affect the lives of all family members. Consequently, we want to increase the peer support and information opportunities for brothers and sisters of people with special needs and to increase parents’ and providers’ understanding of sibling issues.
The Sibling Support Project’s Family of Facebook Groups and Yahogroups
Since 1996, the Sibling Support Project’s groups have connected tens of thousands of sisters and brothers from around the globe with their peers, providing members with validation, information, and advice.
SibNet–SibNet is a warm and thoughtful community and the Internet’s first and largest group for adult siblings of people with special needs. The Sibling Leadership Network now cohosts SibNet with the Sibling Support Project. SibNet is available as both a Facebook group and a Yahoogroup. http://www.siblingsupport.org/connect/the-sibnet-listserv
SibTeen–For quite a while, we have wanted to create a place on the Internet just for teenage brothers and sisters. We’re happy to announce that SibTeen is now available as a Yahoogroup and a Facebook group. What a great group of kids!
SibKids is a Yahoogroup just for young sibs where they can discuss life with their brothers and sisters—and maybe music, movies, school and their lives. SibKids has volunteer adult sib and parent “camp counselors” who help make SibKids a safe place to hang out. http://www.siblingsupport.org/connect/index_html
SibParent is a Yahoogroup where parents of kids with special needs can talk about their “other” kids. As many SibParent participants are also parents of kids who attend Sibshops, SibParent is also forum for parents who want to support the Sibshop movement.
SibGroup–SibGroup is a Yahoogroup and Facebook group just for those who are running Sibshops. On SibGroup members share bright ideas, activities, challenges, funding opportunities and lots more with colleagues from around the world. And, as SibGroup is our primary means of communicating with all Sibshops, at least one staff member from each registered Sibshop must belong to SibGroup.
GKSN—Grandparents of Kids with Special Needs is our newest initiative—both a Facebook group and a Yahoogroup. As our members tell us, “If you have a grandchild with special needs, no one will understand your joys and concerns better than another grandparent.” Visit GKSN for more details and help us spread the word! http://gksn.org/
The Sibling Support Project E-Newsletter–Subscribe to this list to get occasional updates about the work of the Sibling Support Project. Unlike the above groups, members only receive information. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SiblingSupportProject/join