ANNOUNCEMENT: November 9-10, 2007- Sibling Leadership Network Pre-conference, Washington, D.C.


The Sibling Network Presents:

November 9th and 10th, 2007
Sibling Leadership Network Pre-conference

We are excited to announce the first ever Sibling Leadership Network
pre-conference in Washington D.C! This event represents a broad
collaboration of many groups and is co-sponsored by the Rehabilitation
Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities and
the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

As many of you well know, in the United States alone, there are millions of
siblings of people with disabilities. Despite the ever-changing roles they
will assume in the lives of their siblings with special needs as they and
their families age, there is relatively little research on siblings and
their concerns. The Sibling Leadership Network is also interested in
research that investigates resilience, support opportunities, and life
choices across the lifespan. Finally, relatively little is known about the
reciprocal contributions of self-advocates to their sibling relationships,
thus the Sibling Leadership Network is interested in research that
investigates the perspectives of all brothers and sisters.

This meeting will be a conversation among siblings, researchers, service
providers, and policymakers. The goal of this meeting is to translate the
results of this conversation into a plan of action. During this time, we’ll
ratify the Sibling Leadership Network’s
mission and values, discuss siblings’ concerns with researchers and
policymakers, and learn what current research reveals about brothers and
sisters. Finally, we’ll develop an action plan and a white paper on sibling
issues, policy recommendations, and a research agenda.

For the agenda for this 2 day event, please see-


Registration will be $75 until 10/19/07 and $90 after that.
To access, download, and print out the brochure with registration form, go
here: <>

***Online registration will be available in July***

Reserve your hotel soon!

Hotel Information:

Ask for the AUCD conference rate by 10/19/07

DATES: November 9th and 10th

$215/night for November 8th and 9th
Reserve under AUCD group rate (will be available soon)

Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel
999 Ninth Street NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20001 USA
Phone: 1-202-898-9000
Fax: 1-202-289-0947

For updates see:

Members of the Sibling Leadership Network drafted their Mission, Purpose,
and Core Values last Fall/Winter. This represents the efforts of siblings
from a series of meetings last Fall at the Arc’s national meeting in San
Diego, Ohio Special Initiatives for Brothers and Sisters (SIBS), the AUCD
conference last Fall in Washington D.C, and a series of phone conferences
hosted by the Department of Disability and Human Development at the
University of Illinois at Chicago. The Sibling Leadership Network was
inspired by various sibling organizations that have been hosting events
around the U.S. for many years including Ohio Special Initiatives for
Brothers and Sisters, The Fox Valley Sibling Support Network (Wisconsin),
The Sibling Support Project (International), and Supporting Illinois
Brothers and Sisters (SIBS) just to name a few.

To access, download and print the Sibling Leadership Network Mission,
Purpose, and Core Values, please consult:

Whether you are a sibling, a service provider, a researcher, or a
policymaker, we hope you’ll join us for this exciting, historical event!

For more information about registering, please feel free to contact John
Kramer at or by phone at (312)996-7988.

The Sibling Leadership Network

John Kramer, M.A.
Ph.D. in Disability Studies Candidate
Supporting Siblings in Future Planning Project
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental
University of Illinois at Chicago
1640 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60608
O- (312)996-7988

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