Sibling Leadership Network

The RRTC on Aging with Developmental Disabilities co-founded the Sibling Leadership
Network (SLN) in 2006 with the Kennedy Center at Vanderbilt University and a SLN steering group. The SLN provides siblings of individuals with I/DD 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 RRTC will provide TA to the SLN to create a broad network of siblings who share the experience of disability by connecting them to social, emotional, and provisional supports to be effective advocates and change agents for issues pertinent to their families across the lifespan.
Upcoming RRTC technical assistance activities include support with:
  • Preparing and disseminating three white papers documenting the importance of involving siblings in policy/advocacy, research, and services and supports initiatives for people with disabilities and their families.
  • Expanding SLN membership through Sibnet, an international listserv of nearly 1,000 people, and through The Arc’s national network of chapters.
  • Organizing the SLN annual conference in conjunction with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities annual meeting.