Learn More About SLN Conference Breakout Session 1

If you’ll be joining us at this year’s Sibling Leadership Network conference, you’re sure to learn a lot! Here’s the line-up for Breakout Session 1:

A. Planning for the Future: The Sibling Roadmap

Speakers: Katie Arnold, SLN Executive Director and Amy Halm, SLN Project Manager

Hear from two siblings about planning for the future with your whole family.  You will learn about how to get the difficult dialogue started in your family, the process of future planning, and an overview of the areas that are important to consider for planning.  Resources will be shared that can help families plan and navigate the process.

B. Exploring Current Research About Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities

Moderator: Meghan Burke, SLN Chair of Research Committee, Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education, UIUC

Speakers: Chun-yu Chiu, Assistant Professor in Special Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Chung eun Lee, Doctoral Student, Department of Special Education at UIUC, Ariella Meltzer, Research Associate, Social Policy Research Centre and Centre for Social Impact at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia

This presentation will feature three international researchers presenting their current studies about siblings. Notably, each presenter is a sibling herself.

Presentations will include:

– A Qualitative Exploration of Work-Family Spillover Experience from Special Siblings with a Career in Special Education by Chun-yu Chiu

– Correlates of Current Caregiving and Other Roles for Siblings of Adults with Intellectual and Development Disabilities by Chung eun Lee

– Reflections and research on what it means and what it takes to support the sibling relationship by Ariella Meltzer

C. Connecting and Engaging with Sibs Locally: State Chapter Development

Speakers: Emily Ladau, SLN Digital Communications Manager and Erin Sweeney Hutzelman, SLN Chair of Network Development

Description: Interested in starting a SLN chapter in your state? This session will provide information on how to use the SLN Chapter Guide to create and sustain a state chapter. It will also address how to use social media for outreach and to bring new members into your chapters. Lessons learned from current state chapters will be provided.

D. Cops, Safety, and the Dignity of Risk

Speakers: Nora Fox Handler, Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters (SIBS) and Bruce Handler MD, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, UIUC; Instructor Crisis Intervention Team Training, Cook County Sherriff’s Bureau of Training and Education

Living in the community involves the dignity of risk.  This session will include information on Crisis Intervention Team training for police.  How to advocate for CIT training in your community and safety tips for self-advocates and family members.

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