Youth (14-29) with siblings who have a disability often experience stigma from friends and society that greatly impacts their daily lives. Siblings often do not have a space to engage in conversations about, or share solutions to, barriers that impact their lives and the lives of their loved one who has a disability. Youth want to share their thoughts and ideas with decision-makers so that they can work together to build a collective vision and end the stigma around disability. Young siblings also want to help nurture relationships with other siblings in order to strengthen the voice of youth as advocates of inclusion.
Siblings: Citizens with a Cause
Une série de recommandations responsabilisant la défense des droits des jeunes frères et soeurs en Ontario
New course – Savvy Siblings: Strengthening the Financial Security of Your Sibling with a Disability
Siblings Canada, an initiative of the Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence has launched Savvy Siblings: Strengthening the Financial Security of Your Sibling with a Disability, a free online course designed to support adults who want to play a role in improving the financial security of their siblings with disabilities—whether for today or for the future.
The course outlines the basics of how adults can meaningfully contribute to the financial well-being of their siblings with disabilities. Once enrolled, participants will have access to nine self-paced chapters that explore diverse topics like the impact of ableism, the links between disability and poverty, and the importance of relationships to financial security.
In addition to sharing videos, discussion boards and reflection exercises, the course outlines how to create a simple action plan for strengthening a sibling’s finances.
Adults who enroll in Savvy Siblings will benefit from:
- Fewer worries and anxieties about the future.
- More confidence in their ability to meaningfully contribute to their sibling’s financial security.
- Strategies for managing family conversations about finances and the future.
- Greater preparedness in the event of a sudden or unexpected transition to a caregiving role.
- Access to an online community of peers who also have siblings with disabilities.
Enrollment is now open. Learn more and register.
Information Session: Siblings Canada Peer Mentorship Program
Peer mentoring is a form of peer support. Peer support is centered around reciprocity and a deep sense of understanding that comes from similar lived experiences.
Building on the success of past programs, Siblings Canada will be offering a peer mentorship program for siblings of people with developmental disabilities in 2023. The program will match siblings in a mentor/mentee relationship who will have the opportunity to meet virtually over the course of eight months.
To learn more about the program and whether you’d like to participate as a mentor or mentee, join Siblings Canada for an information session with Siblings Canada co-founder, Helen Ries, and program lead, Katie MacDonald on January 19 at 7:30 p.m. EST.
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