From Meghan Burke, SLN Research Committee Co-Chair and Assistant Professor of Special Education at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

General, Sib Stories

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Ryan is my 20 year old brother. He loves broadway plays, movies, television shows, and bowling. Most weekends, we go out to eat at restaurants, get frozen yogurt, and watch movies at my apartment. Ryan also has Down syndrome. Most people focus on what I provide Ryan; however, he has given me so much more. When I got married, it was important that Ryan was a big part of of the wedding. He played the wedding march as I walked down the aisle. He also served as the best man to my husband. Finally, Ryan gave the last toast at the wedding reception. Most of all, though, Ryan was the life of the party! This picture shows a piece of our sibling story.

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