Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council Funds New Website for Siblings of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

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New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council Funds New Website for Siblings of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Albany, NY, March 16, 2017 - Some of the most valuable natural supports for individuals with developmental disabilities are provided by their siblings, yet the importance of siblings in the lives of people with developmental disabilities is often overlooked.

The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYSDDPC) is funding a new initiative focused on expanding the resources that are available to siblings of people with developmental disabilities. The project - led by the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University - is being developed in partnership with the Sibling Leadership Network and sibsNY.

The Siblings Resource Project has produced an exciting new website, www.siblingresources.org, which is host to an expanding resource library, on-line educational materials, and a growing network of adult siblings, disability service professionals and disability advocates. SiblingResources.org is dedicated to the interests of adult siblings and service providers who are invested in involving adult siblings in the service delivery network that supports their family member who has a developmental disability.

“As a sibling of a young woman with developmental disabilities, I can attest firsthand to the invaluable support a sibling can provide. It is so critical that siblings become well informed as early as possible to ensure that the sibling with a developmental disability has the support and care they need to have a life of their choice,” DDPC Chairperson James Traylor said.
If you have not yet joined the network of siblings at SiblingResources.org, we encourage you to visit the site and explore the many valuable resources that it has to offer siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities.