Ohio SIBS held a dynamic conference that brought together siblings, family members, and professionals to share information and learn from each other.
The 13th annual Ohio Adult Sibling Conference was held on November 8th & 9th in Columbus. As the keynote speaker, Nora Handler of Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters (SIBS) shared her family story which was held powerful lessons about communication, planning for the future, juggling caregiving roles and learning to support her brothers with disabilities. A panel of brothers shared their sibling stories with insight, love, and laughter. Katie Arnold, SLN’s Executive Director, presented about the work happening to support siblings across the country, including increasing the sibling voice at the policy table. Dr. Marc Tasse shared information about the Supports Intensity Scale. Attendees had the choice of several breakout sessions covering several topics, including self advocacy, planning for the future, rights, use of technology, overview of services in Ohio, and guardianship.
Ohio SIBS leaders, including SLN Board members Barb Sapharas and Tom Fish, organized the conference. Additionally, Meghan Burke, SLN’s Chair of Research, and Erin Hutzelman, SLN’s Chair of Network Development, attended the conference and connected with great people from Ohio and beyond.
The mission of Ohio SIBS is to be recognized as the unified voice and partner for Ohio adult siblings of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Ohio SIBS provides advocacy, education, leadership and supports that will promote enhanced quality of life, improved public policy and increased services and supports for adult siblings (of people with developmental disabilities) and their families.