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The Center for Siblings of People with Disabilities

Chicago, IL | http://www.siblingcenter.org
Joined in June 2020

About Us

Mission and Core Values

Why Siblings?

We've been called “glass children”, “well siblings”, and simply, the “other” kids.

Whatever the term, there’s no question that siblings of kids with disabilities face unique

challenges and have complex needs of our own. In fact, siblings of people with intellectual disabilities suffer from significantly higher rates of anxiety, depression, and eating disorders than the general population when not provided with the right resources and support.

That's where the Center for Siblings of People with Disabilities comes in.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help siblings of people with disabilities feel seen, supported, and empowered -- with a focus on providing early intervention for young siblings. Our work focuses on 1) providing multimedia resources for parents, educators, direct service providers, and siblings themselves, 2) spreading awareness of sibling issues throughout the general population, and 3) providing programming to support young siblings, particularly through a lens of artistic expression.

Core Values

  • Siblings of people with disabilities deserve to feel seen and appreciated for their own independent identities apart from their brothers and sisters. 
  • Representation is important to help siblings -- especially young siblings -- feel validated and understood.
  • Artistic expression can be a valuable tool to help people -- especially children -- process their emotions.
  • Sharing resources and amplifying sibling voices will enable psychologists, counselors, and policymakers to conduct new research and enact new policies to support siblings at different stages in their lives. 
  • Building a strong foundation of support for siblings will empower them to find healthy, balanced ways to take active roles in managing care for their brothers and sisters later in life, without losing sight of personal wellness.
  • Supporting siblings is a community responsibility.


Mission and Core Values

Why Siblings?

We've been called “glass children”, “well siblings”, and simply, the “other” kids.

Whatever the term, there’s no question that siblings of kids with disabilities face unique

challenges and have complex needs of…

Issue Areas Include

  • Children & Youth
  • Disability
  • Education
  • Media
  • Mental Health

Location

  • 1930 West Fletcher Street
    Chicago, IL 60657

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