Siblings

Thicker than Water: Essays by Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities

  • Thicker than Water: Essays by Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities edited by Don Meyer, contains over thirty essays by adults who reflect about how having a sibling with special needs has greatly impacted their lives in both good and maybe not so good ways. This book gives great insight into the lives of these individuals through their blessings and struggles that are told through honest written snapshots of life. If you have a brother or sister with a disability, Thicker than Water, can give you support and show you that you are not alone. Even if you do not have a sibling with special needs, this book can help you better understand what other people you may know are going through.

    This book is available from a number of booksellers including Woodbine House Publications at the link above.


Recommendations for Research, Advocacy and Supports Relating to Siblings of People with Developmental Disabilities - Heller, T., Kaiser, A., Meyer, D., Fish, T., Kramer, J., & Dufresne, D.

  • The Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) created this tool to provide information and support for adults who have siblings with disabilities. The manual was developed to empower siblings to be the most successful advocates possible. This instrument enables siblings to openly discuss important issues with their families.

    COST PER UNIT: $10.00 or download at no charge at the link provided above.


Involvement of Adult Siblings of People with Developmental Disabilities in Future Planning

  • Kramer, J. & Heller, T. Disability Research Brief: Institute on Disability and Human Development

  • This research brief uncovers the results of a survey aimed at discovering the role adult siblings play in the future planning of their sibling with a developmental disability. The research reveals the degree to which siblings are involved and designated as the future caregiver, the necessary resources to fulfill this role and their concerns for the future. Download it for free at the link provided above.