Information for Siblings

The role of a sibling in the life of a person with an intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) is as complex as it is meaningful. Many of us at The Arc know firsthand what it is like to grow up with a family member with I/DD. We understand and share the vision you have for a healthy, full, and independent life for your sibling.

The Arc brings together people with disabilities, their families, and dedicated advocates and other professionals for the purpose of engaging these individuals in The Arc’s work promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of people with I/DD and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

The Arc’s National Sibling Council

The Arc’s National Sibling Council welcomes the participation of all siblings of individuals with I/DD. The mission of the Council is to ensure that siblings are well-informed about I/DD related policy updates and developments and are engaged with national, state, and local advocacy efforts in this area. Council emails provide information to siblings regarding ways in which they can get involved in The Arc’s advocacy efforts nationwide, information about sibling stories and sibling-specific resources, and updates on sibling-related events. Please sign up for the Council here.

If there is something specific you’d like to see from the Council or any other sibling-related information you’d like to share with us, please fill out this form.

Archives of Council emails can be found here.

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Other Sibling Resources

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