Sibling relationships are important to many; but for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD), sibling relationships are imperative. As parents grow older and become unable to continue the level of care and support their child needs, most parents turn to their family members for help.
Siblings are often the next generation of caregivers. Known as the “club sandwich” generation, these siblings juggle caregiving responsibilities for their own children, their aging parents, and their sibling with a disability. There is a steep learning curve for anyone navigating the system of supports and services for people with IDD.
Adult Sibling Connection Group
The Adult Sibling Connection Group connects fellow adult siblings and caregivers through social gatherings and an ongoing Fecebook Group where they can meet, ask questions and share their stories. Whether there are questions about appropriate living situations; how to manage various government benefits and service providers; meaningful work or daytime activities; social and recreational opportunities and more, the Adult Sibling Connect Group provides a space to share and learn from each other.
Ask to join the private Facebook Group: Sibling Connection The Arc of Fort Bend
Teen Sibling Connection Group
Teenagers can have mixed emotions about growing up with a brother or sister who has an Intellectual or Developmental Disability. Teen Sibling Connection Group provides a fun, casual environment where “typical” teens can meet others who can relate to the challenges of having a brother or sister with IDD. Teens enjoy team-building games, relay races, and enjoy socializing in a recreational setting. Attendees can share their challenges and concerns in a safe, non-judgmental environment and receive information about community resources.
The Teen Sibling Connection holds a couple of in-person recreational events throughout the school year. Fort Bend County teens age 13 – 19 who have a sibling with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability are welcome to attend the free events.
For more information about the Sibling Connection Groups and the next social meet-up, contact Karri Axtell at 281-494-5959 or firstname.lastname@example.org.