Reflections on the 2017 Sibling Leadership Network Conference

The results are in…this year’s Sibling Leadership Network Conference was a resounding success! Here’s what just some of our 125 attendees had to say:

“This conference has been life changing for us! We learned new coping mechanisms, support opportunities, disability laws and future planning tools. We met people just like us from all over the country, Taiwan and Australia. The weekend was full of many different sessions to choose from and each one was jam packed full of good information. It was difficult to select just one! The keynote speakers were fabulous! We laughed, we cried, and felt so understood.”

“I honestly believe the tone that was set at the beginning by Katie and the selection of speakers and topics created a kind of magic. Really nice conference/community culture.”

“Loved being here for my first try! Thank you for a well-organized, meaningful conference. I look forward to 10 times more people participating with next 10 years. Keep up the good work, this is so important and greatly appreciated.”

“I remember seeing info about this conference online when I was a teenager and to now be here feels like dots are connecting. Thank you so much for your commitment to this conference and to all us sibs throughout the U.S.”

“The SLN conference was hands-down one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended! There were so many aspects of this weekend that were enjoyable, and it’s hard to put into words how much the weekend meant to me! I really enjoyed connecting with other adult siblings from many different states and locations. It was also awesome to hear about what other state chapters are doing. I had the opportunity to attend with another representative from my state chapter, and we came away with many ideas from talking with other chapters. I also thoroughly enjoyed meeting with fellow sibling researchers and hearing about some of the latest research that they are doing. Overall, I am thankful for the opportunity that I had to attend the SLN conference.”

“I’ve been so enlightened by other sibs’ stories, our support for each other, and the resources given to better support ourselves and our siblings as we love them well. I can’t wait for next time!”

We can’t wait for next time, either! See you all in 2019!

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