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This department shares the voices of the brothers and sisters of people who have disabilities. It also has products to support siblings of people with disabilities.

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Managed by: Katie Arnold (katie.arnold@siblingleadership.org) of Sibling Leadership Network
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities

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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online) (79 Products)
Electronic Media (23 Products)
Organizations, Programs, and Projects (6 Products)
Online Forums (1 Products)


Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online)
A Manual for Marco: Living, Learning, and Laughing with an Autistic Sibling
In this book, an 8-year old girl decides to make a list of all the things she likes and dislikes about dealing with her autistic brother, and realizes that she has created "A Manual for Marco."
A Small White Scar
This book is a fictional story about the experiences of a teen who has a twin with Down syndrome. Will feels responsible for his brother, yet also wants to live his own life.
Aging with Intellectual Disabilities and Later-Life Family Caregiving
This chapter, located in volume seven of an eleven-volume set entitled "Comprehensive Clinical Psychology" looks at caregiving of older adults with intellectual disabilities and how aging affects families, services and supports and future planning.
At Home in the Land of Oz: Autism, My Sister, and Me
This book is written by a woman whose sister has autism. It tells of their experiences growing up in the 1960s when few people understood what autism was.
Autism and Me: Sibling Stories
This is a book of stories written by kids who have a brother or sister with autism.
Autism Through a Sister's Eyes: A Book for Children about High-Functioning Autism and Related Disorders
This book tells the fictional story of Emily. She explores autism, and her feelings, as the sibling of a young man with autism.
Becoming a Resilient Family: Child Disability and the Family System
This article gives ideas to help families grow closer and stronger when they find out their child has a disability.
Being the Other One: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister Who Has Special Needs
This book explores the feelings of siblings and has ideas for coping with the hard times.
Brotherly Feelings: Me, My Emotions, and My Brother with Asperger's Syndrome
Using the story of an eight-year-old boy, this book explores the emotions that siblings of children with Asperger's Syndrome commonly experience.
Brothers and Sisters
This book has a number of sibling groups in which at least one member has a physical disability. It shows how they work together to solve problems.
Brothers and Sisters of Disabled Children
This research-based book tells the experiences of children who have a sibling with disabilities and explores what it means to them.
Brothers and Sisters, Third Edition
This book has important ideas about how to support relationships between people with disabilities and their siblings. It is written for families and professionals.
Brothers and Sisters: A Special Part of Exceptional Families, Third Edition
A book about having a brother or sister with special needs.
Crystal Puzzle: Growing Up with a Sister with Asperger's
This book tells the author's powerful story of growing up with little knowledge of her sister's disability. The story shows their abiding friendship and love. It continues into their lives as adults.
Dancing with Katya
This is a children's book about two sisters who are dancers. When one sister contracts polio, the other is there to provide encouragement and support. It is written for children aged 4-8.
Down Syndrome Families Aging Together as Life Expectancy Lengthens
This is a web-based article about aging and people who have Down syndrome. As people grow older, it is presenting new challenges for their families.
Everybody is Different - A Book for Young People Who Have Brothers or Sisters with Autism
This children's book is written for siblings. It uses easy-to-understand to explain what it is like to have autism.
Families of Adults with Autism: Stories and Advice for the Next Generation
This book has stories written by parents and siblings of people with autism.
Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters
This is an easy to read book in a question & answer format, it tackles a range of the most common issues and concerns of teenagers.
French Fries For Siblings: The Forgotten Children of Autism
This children's book is a sibling's story about growing up with her brother who has autism. It can help other brothers and sisters discuss their feelings, and provide them comfort.
How to Be a Sister: A Love Story with a Twist of Autism
This book tells the story of two adult siblings.
Hurricane Wills
This book captures the challenges of living with ADHD and divorce. In this story Chris has a brother, Wills, who has ADHD. It is written for an audience of young readers.
I Have Needs Too!: Supporting the Child Whose Sibling has Special Needs
This short book has advice for parents.
It Isn't Fair! Siblings of Children with Disabilities
This book reveals the feelings of siblings at all stages as they deal with caretaking, frustration, jealousy, guilt, and worry about their special siblings.
Just Because
This picture book tells the story of Clemmie through the eyes of her little brother. Clemmie uses a wheelchair and her brother talks about all the things she does or doesn't do "just because."
Life Landscapes: Siblings share their experiences of living with brothers and sisters with disabilities
This book has stories and photos from the siblings of people with disabilities.
Living with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs
This book is about the emotions that brothers and sisters feel when they have a sibling with special needs. It is written for young readers.
My Brother Charlie
This is a children's book telling the true story of an African-American boy who has autism. It is written by his twin sister and their mother.
My Brother is Autistic (Let's Talk About It Books)
This book describes a child with autism from his brother's point of view. It talks about ways kids who have autism can be supported and how they can better relate to their family and surroundings.
My Brother is Different: A parents' guide to help children cope with an Autistic Sibling
This color flip book focuses on sibling relationships when one child has autism. One part is for kids while the other is for parents.
My Brother is Special, My Brother Has Autism: A story about acceptance
This book is for children who have a family member with a disability. It is the hope of the author that it will assist parents, teachers, and other adults, in helping children to cope in these situations.
My Brother is Very Special
This is a perfect book to share with young children learning to accept a classmate, friend, or sibling with special needs. The story is about a boy who cannot speak and is told by his sister.
My Little Brother is a Little Different: An Autism Story
This short book is about the loving bond between a big sister and her little brother who has autism.
My Sister Katie: My 6 Year Old's View on Her Sister's Autism
This children's book uses friendly words to explain how autism makes a child different.
My Sister, Alicia May
Rachel describes both the good and the hard parts of living with her sister, Alicia May, who has Down syndrome. This book is written for young children.
Oh Brother! Growing Up with a Special Needs Sibling
This children's book is about living with a sibling who has special needs.
Our Brother Has Down's Syndrome
In this children's book, three sisters tell how their little brother with Down syndrome impacts their lives.
Pammie's Best Birthday
This book is about a young girl who has a brother with Autism. It is written for children.
Pieces: My Sister, Her Autism and Me
This book offers a look at Jaqueline’s own journey as Jessica’s sister. It covers her childhood, teenage years, and adulthood. The book shows how her feelings ultimately shaped her passion and purpose in life.
Red Sky in the Morning
This book tells a story of a twelve year old girl whose baby brother is born with disabilities. It explains her initial fears and how she adjusted.
Riding The Bus With My Sister: A True Life Journey
A true story about a woman with a developmental disability, her professor sister, and the city bus trip that brings them back to each other.
Rules
This book describes what it is like to grow up with a brother who has autism. It is titled "Rules" because the sister is always making rules that her brother doesn't follow.
Secret Girl
A former Baltimore lawyer writes of her life-altering decision to meet her sister for the first time. Her sister has an intellectual disability.
Shadow Boxing: Siblings of the Disabled
This book explains the difficulties siblings without disabilities can have as they become adults. It is written by a researcher.
Sibling Group Lends a Helping Hand: A Guide to Facilitating Support Groups for Siblings of Children with Special Needs
The authors of this book created a way to help siblings express their feelings using creative arts.
Sibling Leadership Network Position Statement on Voting
This statement says that the brothers and sisters of people with disabilities support their right to vote in elections.
Sibling Leadership Network Research Brief: Young Siblings of Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
This research brief highlights research about young children (ages 0-18) who have siblings with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
Sibling Stories: Reflections on Life with a Brother or Sister on the Autism Spectrum
This book is made up of excerpts from interviews with 20 siblings of people with autism. They are about their experience growing up with a brother or sister on the autism spectrum.
Sibling Study Report
Easter Seal's Sibling Survey report about the experiences of sibling caregivers.
Siblings and Autism Stories Spanning Generations and Cultures
This is a collection of stories written by the brothers and sisters of people who have autism.
Siblings Coming Unstuck and Putting Back the Pieces
This book is written by the sister of a woman with cerebral palsy. Kate shares her story and provides strategies useful to siblings themselves, parents and practitioners to support the brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
Siblings of Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Psychosocial Outcomes, Relationships, and Future Planning
This article reviewed the literature on siblings of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in order to lay a foundation for future research programs.
Siblings of Children with Autism A Guide for Families Third Edition
Written to parents, this book is about helping the siblings of children with autism.
Siblings: The Autism Spectrum Through Our Eyes
This book has stories written by the brothers and sisters of people with autism.
Sibshops: Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs
This book provides information about how to put on Sibshops. These are gatherings for young siblings of people with disabilities or special health needs. Sibshops provide peer support and education within a recreational context.
Sometimes My Brother: Helping Kids Understand Autism through a Siblings Eyes
This picture book shows the challenges faced by children with autism. It also shows how they overcome them.
Sophie Gets Real (From the Faithgirlz! series)
This is a fictional story about a young girl who questions why God would let her sister be born with Down syndrome.
Special Brothers and Sisters: Stories and Tips for Siblings of Children with a Disability or Serious Illness
In this book, brothers and sisters use their own words to explain what it's like to live with their siblings.
Special Siblings: Growing Up with Someone with a Disability
In this honest book, Mary McHugh reveals what it is like to be the sister of a man with cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability. She shares what others have learned about being and having a “special sibling.”
Special Siblings: Growing up with Someone with a Disability
Mary McHugh reflects on her own experiences of growing up with a "special sibling."
Support Needs of Siblings of People with Developmental Disabilities
This is a research article about a study that explored the support needs of adult siblings of people with developmental disabilities.
The Best Worst Brother
This children's book shows how a relationship evolves between a typically developing older sister and her younger brother who has Down syndrome.
The Distance Between Us
This book uses many photographs and some words to tell the story of twin brothers, one of whom has cerebral palsy.
The Love Within a Smile: A Sister's Memoir of a Brother's Disability
This is a story of a family’s journey through the world of disability as seen through a sibling’s eyes.
The Power of the Powerless
This book tells the true story of a person with significant brain damage. It is written by his brother who is a Christian author.
The Ride Together
This is a book about growing up with a brother who has Autism. It was written by a brother & sister who each tells the story in a different way. The sister uses words while the brother uses cartoons.
The Sibling Leadership Network: Recommendations for Research, Advocacy, and Supports Related to Siblings of People with Developmental Disabilities
This report provides ideas to support and include siblings of people with disabilities. The report has recommendations in three areas: research, policy and advocacy, and services and supports.
The Sibling Slam Book: What It's Really Like to Have a Brother or Sister with Special Needs
This book is about what it's like to have a brother or sister with disabilities.
The Sibling Survival Guide: Indispensable Information for Brothers and Sisters of Adults With Disabilities
This book has a lot of practical information that siblings of people with disabilities need to know. It is written for both teenagers and adults.
Thicker than Water: Essays by Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities
This book shares the stories of many adults who have a brother or sister with a disability.
Views from Our Shoes: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs
A book of stories written by children who have a brother or sister with disabilities. The book also contains easy to understand descriptions of many disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, and spina bifida.
Voices From the Spectrum: Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, People With Autism, And Professionals Share Their Wisdom
This book shares sixty personal accounts from people on the autism spectrum and those who care for them—parents, family members, and professionals.
Walk With Me
This book is a collection of short stories from siblings of people with Down syndrome of all ages.
We'll Paint the Octopus Red
In this book a little girl finds out that she will still be able to do a lot of things with her new baby brother, born with down syndrome.
What About Me?: Growing Up with a Developmentally Disabled Sibling
This academic book explains the many challenges in living with and caring for a brother or sister who has developmental disabilities.
What Happened to Ivy?
David’s younger sister Ivy, born with multiple disabilities, needs constant attention. She takes all of their parents’ focus. Everything changes when Ivy has an accident while being looked after by her dad.
What Siblings Would Like Parents and Service Providers to Know
This document lists 20 things that the brothers and sisters of people with disabilities want their parents and service providers to know about their experience.
Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs, Revised Edition
This book explains a program for the brothers and sisters of children with disabilities.
You Are Special Too: A Book for Brothers and Sisters of Children Diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome
This book offers a fun introduction for the sibling of a child with Asperger Syndrome. It provides support and answers questions.
Electronic Media (Videos, CDs, T.V., Radio, Websites, etc.)
3rd Son, Fourth Brother
This short music video features two brothers, one of whom has Down syndrome.
Anything is possible
A short video of a boy whose little sister has Angelman Syndrome. Angelman Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder. Through a poem he wrote, we see the strong bond that exists between these siblings.
Being A Special Needs Sibling
This short film shows the challenges of kids who have a brother or sister with disabilities.
Brotherhood, Pictures And Life With Cerebral Palsy
This short film and article is about twin brothers, one of whom has cerebral palsy. Both are available online for free.
Drona & me
This film tells the story of Drona, a 9 year old boy who has Autism. The story is told by his brother, Arjun. Drona and Arjun live in the Netherlands.
Emma's Gifts
This film is about Emma who was born with Down Syndrome, which makes her different from her twin sister, Abigale. Emma's story is told through the eyes of her parents. You can purchase a DVD copy.
Employment First Policy: Sibling Perspectives
This video shares the perspectives of siblings of people with disabilities. They discuss their views on Employment First Policy.
Finding Fred
This film tells the story of two brothers, one of whom has an intellectual disability. You can watch it online for free.
Her Name is Sabine
This documentary film is aimed directly at the French government. It tells the story of two sisters - Sandrine, one of France's most successful actresses, and that of her sister Sabine who has autism and spent time in institutions.
I Love Grilled Cheese
This short film features Libby, a 4-year old who shares the joy of being her best friend, and big brother, Max, who has Down syndrome.
My Brother
This film tells the story of two brothers, one of whom has a developmental disability.
My Brother
This is a film about two boys from inner city New York, one of whom has a developmental disability. It shows the bond of love they have for each other.
NightLights
This film is about a woman who is caring for her brother who autism. It shows the love in their relationship and the challenges too.
Policy Video by Siblings on Future Planning
This video shares the perspectives of siblings of people with disabilities. They discuss their views on the need for better future planning for their brothers and sisters.
Rachel is
A documentary film that follows a young woman with developmental disabilities as she seeks to live more independently. The filmmaker was her sister.
Rain Man
Academy award winning movie about a man with autism and his brother.
Raising Renee
This film is about Renee, who has an intellectual disability, and her sister Beverly who decides to help Renee after their mother dies.
Sibling Experiences Video
This YouTube video shares the experiences of siblings of people with disabilities.
Sibs
This website has information for siblings of all ages. It also has information for parents and professionals, and places to chat.
The Other Child
A short film about growing up with a brother or sister who has autism.
The Other Sister
This Hollywood movie is about a woman with a developmental disability who moves out on her own and meets a boyfriend. It has ideas about self-determination and families.
Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum
This DVD helps siblings understand their brothers and sisters on the autism spectrum. There are three different programs for kids and one for parents.
Voting and Siblings of People with Disabilities
This YouTube video is about ways siblings can support their brothers and sisters with disabilities to vote.
Organizations, Programs, and Projects
Center for Disability Information and Referral
This Center is a primary source of quality information on disability for residents of Indiana.
Families United Network
This program offers peer support and information over the phone to parents, siblings, or other caregivers. It is free and volunteer-based.
Prospector Theater
This movie theater provides jobs for people who have disabilities. It was started by a sibling who wanted to make a difference.
Sibling Leadership Network
This is a national organization that helps siblings of people with disabilities find information and support.
Sibling Support Project
This network provides support to the brothers and sisters of people with disabilities. It is known for starting the "Sibshops" program, and also has places where siblings can share stories online.
Travels With My Brother
This film is about Vas, a man who has autism, and his relationship with his sister, Christine.
Online Forums
Sibs
This website has information for siblings of all ages. It also has information for parents and professionals, and places to chat.


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