The Arc is offering a FREE Webinar on Siblings and Future Planning!
When: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 2:00 pm―3:00 pm Eastern Time
Siblings of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) often take on a larger role once their parents are no longer able to provide support to their brother or sister. Join The Arc for this webinar to hear from two siblings of people with I/DD as they share their perspectives on sibling support:
- Katie Arnold will discuss the sibling role in future planning and provide tips on
how to get the conversation started when parents or other caregivers are
reluctant to discuss the future.
- Kitty Porterfield will share insight on “The Club Sandwich Generation.” This is a
term that refers to adult siblings juggling the responsibilities of providing care
to their aging parents and raising their own children, while also supporting
their brother or sister with I/DD. She will also address the importance of self-care and how to navigate long-distance sibling relationships.
Register for this session here.
About the Speakers:
Katie Arnold is the Executive Director of the Sibling Leadership Network (SLN), a national nonprofit whose mission 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. Katie has been involved in the SLN since the organization’s inception in 2007 and became the first Board Chair in 2010. At the state level, she has been a leader of the SLN chapter SIBS-Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters. Also, Katie works as the Director of Community Education in the Institute on Disability and Human Development. Her work is anchored to her experience growing up with her sister with intellectual disabilities.
Kitty Porterfield is a partner in Porterfield & Carnes Communications, a consulting practice that builds ties between schools and communities. Previously, Kitty was the director of communications for Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools, where her work received numerous awards, including recognition from the US Departments of
Education and Homeland Security. Kitty has written about her experiences as a sibling and occasionally speaks to groups of parents and other siblings. She has three grown children and is the proud grandmother of five. She lives in Northern Virginia. Her brother John lives in a group home in Rochester, NY.