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:
Thicker Than Water Essays by adult siblings of people with disabilities. Edited by Don Meyer, creator of Sibshops® and expert on sibling issues
Bound by blood, but not always by love, a sibling can be your friend or rival, defender or detractor – sometimes simultaneously! But what’s the impact on that bond when one sibling has a disability? In this thought-provoking essay collection, thirty-nine adult siblings reflect on how their lives have been indelibly shaped by their relationship with a brother or sister with special needs.
Thicker than Water reveals both positive and negative aspects of growing up with someone who might have received the lion’s share of his parents’ attention or who now requires extra support as an adult. These compelling essays express a diverse range of sibling experiences and attitudes. Contributors range in age from 20 to 70 and have siblings whose disabilities include Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, seizures, visual impairment, fragile-X syndrome, intellectual disability, or mental illness.