The Sibling Leadership Network has developed a Sibling Advocacy Toolkit to help siblings of individuals with disabilities get involved in policy advocacy. This toolkit is designed to demonstrate how advocacy consists of multiple layers, steps and levels. “Advocacy layers” can work together for the ultimate goal of better lives for people with disabilities and their families.
Siblings often play a unique role in advocacy and are an untapped constituency for the disability advocacy movement. The purpose of this toolkit is to help arm siblings with information so they can advocate with their brothers and sisters with disabilities to promote the issues important to them and their entire families. From connecting with other siblings to make change to visiting with legislators, siblings offer perspectives that have not always been included in traditional forms or methods of advocacy.
The Sibling Advocacy Toolkit is available to download as a pdf here. It includes tips on talking with legislators, information about siblings, and other helpful guides to participating in policy advocacy.