Siblings - Opportunities for Partnership

Date:  January 29, 2020

Time 1PM - 2PM EST

Session Description:

Throughout their lives, siblings of people with disabilities experience many of the same concerns as parents – in addition to issues that are uniquely theirs. Siblings frequently step in as primary supporters when the parents are no longer able to fulfill that role.  This session will help bridge the gap between service providers and siblings by exploring opportunities for mutual support and partnership in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for people with disabilities.

Emily Holl is the Director of The Sibling Support Project, the first national program dedicated to the life-long and ever-changing concerns of millions of brothers and sisters of people with special developmental and health concerns. Emily is a social worker, writer, and trainer who has provided workshops and groups for siblings and families, presented extensively on sibling issues, and has conducted and published sibling research. A sibling, and board member of the national Sibling Leadership Network, Emily has written about her experiences in blogs, magazines and books such as “Thicker than Water.” She was a co-editor of “The Sibling Survival Guide: Indispensable Information for Adult Brothers and Sisters of People with Disabilities,” published by Woodbine House in 2014. Emily earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University, and a Master of Social Work from Hunter College at the City University of New York. Learn more at