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This short slide presentation explains what the Fox Valley Sibling Support Network offers as a 501c3 not for profit dedicated to brothers and sisters of people with disabilities.

This short slide presentation explains what the Fox Valley Sibling Support Network offers as a 501c3 not for profit dedicated to brothers and sisters of people with disabilities.

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Fox Valley Sibling Support Network-What is that? Fox Valley Sibling Support Network-What is that? Presentation Transcript

  • Harriet Redman Executive Director Established in 1998 as a 501(c) 3 tax exempt organization. Dedicated to the interests of brothers and sisters of people with special needs. Sally Randa Adult Sibling Coordinator
  • FVSSN Mission
    • To create the opportunity for individuals who have brothers and sisters with special needs to thrive throughout their unique lifelong journey.
  • Needs of Siblings
    • INFORMATION about their sibling
    • OPEN COMMUNICATION
    • RECOGNITION of their role
    • QUALITY TIME with parents
    • CONTACT WITH OTHER SIBLINGS AND SUPPORT
    • WAYS TO COPE with stressful events, unexpected disruptions to family plans, and extra responsibilities
    • UNDERSTANDING for their altered lives, their pressures and acknowledgement of the difference in their families
    • TRAINING to help care for, teach and play with their sibling.
    • COUNSELLING if necessary, to share feelings and resolve issues.
  • What does the Fox Valley Sibling Support Network do?
    • Provides information on sibling issues
    • Provides training for FVSSN Sibshop facilitators and other interested individuals
    • Plans and operates Sibshops, Sib Camps, Adult Sibling conferences and other sibling events for children, teens and adults
  • FVSSN Programs for people who have siblings with disabilities For children - Sibshops ages 6-12 - SibDays of Summer ages 6-12 - Sib Camp A ges 10-15 For adults - Future is now! - wi adult sibling conference - Social activities
    • Siblings have the longest bond with their brother or sister with disabilities.
    • Siblings experience most of the same concerns and joys that parents experience.
    • 60% of siblings of people with intellectual disabilities expect to oversee their care as adults. (Krauss, 1996)
    • As more people with disabilities outlive their parents and demand for services increases faster than funding, the responsibility of their care often falls to siblings.
  • Key Benefits of FVSSN programs
    • Children become advocates for themselves and their brothers and sisters.
    • Children feel pride in themselves and their siblings.
    • As adults, siblings feel better prepared to make decisions, seek support and have positive attitudes toward their roles.
    • A 2005 survey of Sibshop graduates (ages 18-34) conducted by the University of Washington reports:
    • 90% said Sibshops had a positive effect on the feelings they had for their siblings;
    • 2/3 said Sibshops taught them coping strategies
    • 75% said Sibshop affected their adult lives
    • 94% said they would recommend Sibshops to others
  • For More Information
    • www.FVSSN.org
    • Email: [email_address]
    • (920) 968-1742
    For information about the national Sibling Support Project, visit: www.siblingsupport.org