Brothers and Sisters of People with Special Needs

Unique concerns, unique opportunities

Join us at a workshop for parents, caregivers and service providers presented by Don Meyer, Director of the Sibling Support Project and creator of Sibshops, a program for young siblings of children with special needs. This lively training will invite participants to learn about the unique concerns and opportunities often experienced across the lifespan by brothers and sisters of people with special needs.

While Don is best known for Sibshops, he also created SibKids and SibNet, no-cost listservs for young and adult brothers and sisters which allow hundreds of siblings from around the world to connect with their peers. In addition, he was founder of the Supporting Extended Family Members (SEFAM) program at the University of Washington, which pioneered services for fathers, siblings, and grandparents of children with special needs.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, this day-long workshop is available at no cost and will include:

  • Presentation of research and large-group discussion regarding the experiences of siblings of people with special needs
  • A panel of brothers and sisters sharing their experiences, insights and suggestions
  • An introduction to Sibshops, its goals, kid-friendly format, and community opportunities to participate

Download a printable PDF flyer.

Pre-registration is required.

Register online

Click on “online class catalog” and search by class name “Swindells–Sibshops – Portland.” For additional information or to register by phone, call 503-215-2429 or 800-833-8899, ext 52429. Spanish registration is available. Please call 503-574-6595.

Special thanks to FACT Oregon for their collaboration.