Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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.

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