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Two great SLN State Chapter Conferences are coming up fast, and we want to make sure you know about them!

illustration [Converted]MI SIBS: Facing the Future together – 2014 Statewide Conference

Saturday, October 18th-Hurry, Register Now! 

Michigan Supporting and Including our Brothers and Sisters (MI SIBS)  is hosting its second day-long statewide conference, “Facing the Future Together”, to honor and learn about siblings connection involving family members with disabilities.  The conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza and Hotel in Lansing from 8:30 am- 4:30 pm.

“Facing the Future Together” addresses concerns of adults who identify as having a brother or sister living with a disability. Here they will connect with other siblings and sibling-supporters (“sibling” in-laws, cousins, blended families) to become better informed decision-makers, and gain the tools to prepare and secure the future well-being of individuals with disabilities and their families.

Featured speakers include

  • Katie Arnold, Executive Director of the national Sibling Leadership Network (SLN)
  • Lynda Zeller, Deputy Director, Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration at the Michigan Department of Community Health
  • Michigan attorneys Roxanne Chang and Lisa Lepine, Executive Director of Arc Services of Macomb; both presenters are highly experienced in guiding sibling and their families to plan for the future needs of one’s brother or sister with a disability. This includes trusts, wills, and advocacy supports.

Current sponsors include the Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University, The Arc of Western Wayne County and Community Drive, Inc.

Conference fees are $40 per person or $20 for students and people with disabilities. Registration is open and available with conference program booklet at the MI SIBS website,

Download the full 2014 MISIBS Conference Program here!

We hope to see you there!


ohio sibs logoOhio SIBS, the Ohio state chapter of the Sibling Leadership Network, is holding their 14th Annual Ohio Adult Sibling Conference, scheduled for November 7-8, 2014 at the Columbus Airport Marriott Hotel.

Keynote Speakers include:

Andrew McQuaide, an adult sibling who works for the State of Rhode Island Department of Developmental Disabilities as the Coordinator of Community Development and Planning. He is responsible for administering the Department’s Employment First Policy.

Meghan Burke, the oldest of five siblings, including a brother, Ryan, who has Down Syndrome. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Co-Chair of the SLN Research Committee.

Kim Linkinhoker, the Associate Director for the Ohio Association of County Boards of DD. He is responsible for training and technical assistance. He also coordinates the annual conferences and provides support for the OACB online training center.

In addition to these speakers, we will have a number of presentations by knowledgeable leaders in the field, many of whom are siblings.

For registration and hotel information go to to register online or click to download the Ohio SIBS 2014 Conference Brochure.

We hope to see you all there!

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