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The mission of the Sibling Leadership Network is to provide siblings of individuals with disabilities the information, support and tools to advocate with their brothers and sisters and to promote the issues important to them and their entire families.

A Sister Shares Why Her Brother with Down Syndrome Isn’t “Cute”

In this blog post for the Ruderman Family Foundation, Maggie Heffernan, who has a brother with Down syndrome, shares the importance of changing the rhetoric around Down syndrome in order to change perceptions. Read the incredibly poignant, insightful blog post: … Continue reading

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Siblings Can Play a Role in Advocating for Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Former Senator Tom Harkin is a sibling of a man who is deaf and a dedicated ally to the disability community. In this video from the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP) Summer School hosted at NUI Galway, Senator Harkin shares … Continue reading

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Disability Voting Resource: 10 Tips for Voters With Disabilities

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission, created a quick reference guide with 10 tips for voters with disabilities. The tips include information on topics such as registering to vote, accessibility of polling places, and knowing your rights. Check out the guide: 10 Tips for Voters … Continue reading

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Gems of Wisdom from a Young Sibling

Kaya Cosgrove is an eloquent 10-year-old young lady and the sister of two brothers who have autism. She serves as a member of the children’s advisory council at Holland Bloorview Kid’s Rehabilitation Hospital, and shared her experiences in an interview … Continue reading

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Webinar on August 8 – From Theory to Practice: Supported Decision-Making and Community-Based Supports

From Theory to Practice: Supported Decision-Making and Community Based Supports August 8, 2016 1:00 – 2:30pm EST “To achieve the promise of community integration, we must ensure that older adults and people with disabilities are given full and equal opportunities … Continue reading

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