November is National Family Caregivers Month!

SibsThe Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) acknowledges all the family caregivers for the important role they play. Siblings of people with disabilities often have caregiving roles throughout their lives.  Also, many siblings rely on family members who provide caregiving to them and their siblings with disabilities.

The President of the United States proclaimed November as National Family Caregiver Month and stated: “Each day, courageous individuals step forward to help care for family members in need, their quiet acts of selflessness and sacrifice telling a story of love and devotion. Across our country, parents and children, siblings and spouses, friends and neighbors heroically give of themselves to support those in their lives affected by illness, injury, or disability.” Read the full proclamation here.

The SLN is also pleased to announce that it is part of the new Family Support Research and Training Center, housed at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute on Disability and Human Development. For more information visit: (http://news.uic.edu/supporting-needs-of-family-caregivers-for-people-with-disabilities)

The SLN will be on the National Advisory Council to provide guidance into the important research on family caregivers being done by the center.  Also, the SLN will lead a Technical Assistance project that fosters additional sibling chapters across the country, broadens the reach of current chapters to include more racial and ethnic diversity, educates families about how to provide better family support to people with disabilities from the perspective of self-advocates, and creates a Learning Community to explore ways to provide individualized peer support and mentoring for siblings of people with disabilities across the lifespan.

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