Our  Health,

Our Siblings’ Health:

A Lifetime of Caring

June 19-20, 2020 in Toronto, Canada

The first-ever symposium of Canadian siblings – together with policy makers, health administrators and researchers – to establish a national policy and research agenda for better health outcomes for our brothers and sisters with a disability.  

About the Symposium 

The Sibling Collaborative, in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), is hosting a two-day symposium for adult siblings who have a brother or sister with a disability.

The event will bring together siblings, clinicians, researchers and decision-makers to set a national Canadian agenda for health policy, research and practice reform in both the health and social service sectors.

Though siblings have the longest familial relationship with their brothers and sisters with a developmental disability, until now we have largely been ignored when it comes to health research and patient engagement efforts. Our Health, Our Siblings’ Health: A Lifetime of Caring sets out to change this.

 

As systems of care become increasingly reliant on siblings when parents can no longer support the day-to-day care and health management of their children with developmental disabilities, the need to better understand the importance of issues related to sibling caregiving becomes greater.

Symposium Leads

Dr. Yona Lunsky

Director of CAMH’s Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre
Advisor to The Sibling Collaborative
Sibling to a person with a developmental disabiliity

Nikita Hayden

“Our Health, Our Sibling’s Health” Lead
PhD Candidate, SibsUK Associate Researcher
Sibling to a person with a developmental disability

Helen Ries

“Our Health, Our Sibling’s Health” Facilitator and Lead
Co-Director of the Sibling Collaborative
Sibling to a person with a developmental disability

Becky Rossi

“Our Health, Our Sibling’s Health” Facilitator and Lead
Co-Director of the Sibling Collaborative
Sibling to a person with a developmental disability

Invited International Experts & Speakers

Dr. Richard Hastings 

Cerebra Chair of Family Research and Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Warwick

Advisor to Sibs UK

Dr. Tamar Heller

Distinguished professor and head of the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Founding member of the Sibling Leadership Network.

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