For children ages 6-12 who have siblings with special needs or a long-term illness, we offer a variety of programs.
Planning for the future is important for any adult as life changes. For adults who have siblings with disabilities, WisconSibs offers workshops, seminars and social gatherings that help provide information, connections with important resources and even some fun.
Raising children may take a village, but also a keen awareness of the special needs of not only a child with disabilities, but their typical siblings. WisconSibs offers information for parents and provides an outlet for siblings to find peer support through Sibshops, summer camps and opportunities for families to have fun together and make memories.
WisconSibs is a source of information about sibling issues for professionals and regularly collaborates with professionals and their organizations to offer programs and projects that support siblings and people with disabilities.
In the U.S. over six million people have disabilities. Most have typically developing brothers and sisters. These brothers and sisters are too important to ignore, if for only this reason: they will be in the lives of family members with disabilities longer than anyone. Theirs is a relationship that can easily exceed 65 years. When provided with support and information, these brothers and sisters can help their siblings with disabilities live dignified lives from childhood to their senior years.
No one knows you like your sibling. Throughout life, there are good times and hard times, even if a disability is not in the picture. Yet growing up with a sibling with disabilities has some unique concerns that researchers, parents, and siblings themselves often describe. For example, siblings: