Wednesday, July 22, 2009 Update

I am happy to report that we managed to update our still-new Web site to make it more comprehensive.

Many folks are writing in to inquire about services in their local areas, especially upstate. I encourage everyone who is looking to connect with or start sibling services in their local community to post on because people in your community are the best sources of information on local resources.

Moving Forward Statewide

It has been too long since my last post - where is the summer going and why is it movnig so fast?

As you can see from the photos below, our May 7 Sibling Day at the YAI Conference was wonderful. Don Meyer was an insightful, funny and fabulous presenter and we were thrilled to have him with us.

During our sibling day, in addition to the wonderful presentations, a number of siblings and professionals who work with siblings from across NY State met to discuss sibs' concerns, priorities, and needs for information and resources to help their brothers and sisters with disabilities enjoy the highest quality of life -- while enabling themselves to do the same. We identified five key areas of need:

• Outreach and training for young siblings (e.g. through Sibshops)
• Service system navigation
• Connecting with other siblings in person and online
• Future planning
• Advocacy

Moving forward, we hope to be able to connect with siblings and service providers across the state to create a comprehensive network of resources for siblings. If you are interested in being part of this, please let me know.