The Sibling Collaborative envisions a Canada where people with disabilities – together with their siblings – experience positive wellbeing.
Our relationship with our sibling is often one of our longest-lived and strongest connections. We are companions for life.
This relationship becomes even more fundamental when our sibling is vulnerable and marginalized, as is the case for many people with an intellectual or developmental disability.
As an adult who has a sibling with a disability, our experiences from childhood into our later years are diverse and profound. Yet, our life stories are often overlooked and even forgotten as our families wrestle with the pressing issues that affect our brothers and sisters, such as ensuring inclusion in the school system, meaningful participation in the community, access to supports, employment, appropriate medical care and planning for the future.
While this can be a lonely journey, the Sibling Collaborative is here to help.
Our relationships with our brothers and sisters with a disability evolve over our lifetimes, especially as our parents age and are no longer able to provide the same level of care. During those times, many of us find that we must prepare for, step in to or take on new roles and responsibilities that we may not be ready or prepared for.
The Sibling Collaborative wants to help you thrive in the present and face the future with:
- supportive connections with other siblings;
- opportunities to share and learn from other sibling experiences;
- access to helpful and relevant resources; and
- information to improve well-being over the long term for both you and your sibling.
The Sibling Collaborative unites and strengthens siblings by building networks of peer support and sharing our experiences with each other, our families and beyond.
We seek to deepen our understanding of the experience of siblings through research and advocate for positive change to the systems that affect not only our brothers and sisters but also us, our families and our communities.
We do all this through stories, meet-ups, peer-to-peer mentoring, workshops, learning opportunities, online communities, research and advocacy.