Supporting brothers and sisters can be an effective way to improve life for people with disabilities. For a more detailed explanation of this process, download the SLN White Paper.
The SLN is dedicated in part to providing resources, forming communities, and creating connections among siblings and sibling supporters across the lifespan.
Click here to learn about Sibling Needs Across the Life Course
En Español: Necesidades de los Hermanos/as a lo Largo de la Vida
Find resources listed by age group:
Consumer Voice Clearinghouse
The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care has developed a clearinghouse for long-term care information geared toward promoting effective advocacy of consumer-directed care. The Clearinghouse is a one-stop-shop of information that includes a variety of types of resources such as best practices and fact sheets, reports and briefs, state and federal legislation, presentations, research and statistics, training materials and presentations. These resources cover a wide range of long-term care issues (for example, abuse, consumer’s rights, ombudsman program), particularly for those who wish to advocate for consumers. After registering, the Clearinghouse is free to use and includes nearly 1000 resources from the Consumer Voice and National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC) as well as a multitude of resources from other organizations. New resources are also being added every day. Click here to register and start using the Clearinghouse. Click here to watch the video tutorial and learn more about the Clearinghouse.
Public Health Corps
Public Health Corps is “Putting the Public Back in Public Health” by finding and sharing quality health information with those in need.
Their team is comprised of volunteers who are driven to educate and empower others to action, as well as paid experts working to incorporate market research with public health to identify and promote quality content. They hope that the resources we provide will empower others to make a difference in their community and will inform their personal health-related decisions.
Other Useful Websites
State-by-State Help for Family Caregivers
A Guide to Keeping Your Home for the Newly Disabled
Healthypeople.gov | Disability and Health
Benefits for People with Disabilities
Medicare & Social Security: Benefits for Disabled Individuals
The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies (The Partnership) is the only U.S. disability-led organization with a focused mission on equal access, disability rights and full inclusion of people with disabilities, older adults, and people with access and functional needs before, during, and after disasters and emergencies.
Moving Out of State With a Person Who Has a Developmental Disability
What happens when you move out of state and bring with you a loved one who has a developmental disability? More often than not, you lose most, if not all, of the services that make it possible for that person to live a healthy, safe, and quality life in the community. In most cases, there will be no funding available for group homes, personal care support, adult day training, respite, diapers, or adaptive equipment. Although most states have home and community based waiver programs, most of these states have very long waiting lists. It could take years before your loved one receives services. We interviewed all 50 states about their programs for persons with developmental disabilities. Click here to learn more.
We encourage you to explore all of the resources here.
Diversity and Social Justice
SLN Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Social Justice
The Board of Directors approved this important statement crafted by the SLN Diversity and Social Justice Committee. Click here to read it.
The Diversity and Social Justice Committee has produced the following documents as part of their efforts to support a diverse sibling membership and make connections with other social justice movements.
- SLN 2017 Diversity Report
- SLN 2017 Diversity Assessment
- Diversity Guide for State Chapters
- Diversity & Social Justice Commitment to Action
The Diversity and Social Justice Committee of SLN hosted a Sibling Multicultural Roundtable to bring together a diverse group of siblings of people with disabilities to talk about their multiple identities and how their backgrounds have impacted their sibling experience and world view.