The Sibling Collaborative is strengthening families by uniting people who have siblings with intellectual or developmental disabilities to think differently, live differently and feel differently.
As the sibling of a person with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) your experience growing up was not the same as that of your peers. You saw your parents giving extra attention to your sibling. You pitched in doing extra chores. You stayed out of trouble. And – most of all – you cared.
As you got older you left home and experienced the world, while your sibling stayed behind and didn’t have the same opportunities. You felt guilty. As you grew your career and your own family a looming feeling came over you when you thought about what was going to happen to your sibling when your parents could no longer provide care. Eventually you moved into the role of main supporter and carer. You felt alone.
If any of this resonates with you, you are in the right place. And, as fellow siblings, we understand you.
We are here to help.
This can be a lonely journey. The Sibling Collaborative unites siblings so that you feel understood, accepted and a sense of connection. Because we understand the family experience, we want to help you to strengthen your family by empowering you to think, live and feel differently – ultimately creating the life you want for yourself and your loved ones. Through our stories, workshops and e-learning we aim to highlight and inspire the great future waiting for you and your family.