Sibling Leadership Network

The primary goal of the Sibling Leadership Network is to provide
opportunities for the siblings of the more than six million Americans with
developmental disabilities to increase their involvement in disability
advocacy, policymaking and services concerning their brothers and sisters.

The mission of the Sibling Leadership Network is to provide siblings of
individuals with disabilities the information, support, and tools to
advocate with their brothers and sisters and to promote the issues important
to them and their entire families.

The purpose of the Sibling Leadership Network is to promote a broad network
of siblings who share the experience of disability and people concerned with
sibling issues by connecting them to social, emotional, governmental, and
provisional supports across the lifespan enabling them to be effective advocates
with their brothers and sisters, to serve as change agents for themselves and for
their families.

Brothers and sisters of individuals with intellectual and developmental
disabilities, prominent researchers, policymakers, self-advocates, funding agencies,
and other committed professionals in the disabilities field from across the country
attended the first SLN conference. The group discussed services and supports,
policy advocacy, and research, and created three White Paper Working Groups
that over the next twelve months will delineate issues and make recommendations
for change.

Sibling Connections Conference - 2004