Use the links below to access state and national resources that support siblings of people with disabilities and their families.
Maryland Sibling Network
Maryland Sibling Network on Facebook is a place for siblings in Maryland to connect with others that have a sibling with a disability to asks questions, gain information, get and provide support, vent, network or simply connect with other sibs.
Sibshops are designed to offer peer support and information in a highly recreational setting, usually for 8-13 year old siblings of people with disabilities. Sessions are offered at various times throughout the year – sometimes once a month and sometimes in groups of 3-5 Saturdays in a row.
6 organizations currently offer Sibshops in Maryland
- The Arc Frederick County
- Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (Baltimore City/County)
- Kennedy Krieger Institute
- Caroline County Public Schools
- Carroll County Infants & Toddlers
- The Arc Montgomery County (supported by Sibshops of Maryland)
- The Sibshops of Harford County (supported by Sibshops of Maryland)
Additional organizations offer sibling support and more resources.
- Jewish Social Services Agency provides services and support to people through a wide range of counseling, educational, in-home support, and social services.
- Pathfinders for Autism helps individuals, parents and professionals find resources, supports and training while working to increase the awareness of autism spectrum disorders.
- By Their Side is a private non-profit, family funded organization providing advocacy and monitoring services as arranged by parents, siblings, or trustees.
SibKids is a list-serve for young brothers and sisters of kids with special needs from all over the world. Participants talk about their sibs, but also about school, music, sports, and life. SibKids is hosted by the Sibling Support Project.
Sibteen is a place where teenage sibs of people with disabilities can connect with others who get it. It’s a fun and thoughtful group where members share unique concerns, joys, frustrations, and information with others who truly understand!
Sibparent: A place where parents of kids with special needs can talk about their “other” kids.
SibNet is intended for adult siblings and connects members from around the world. SibNet is available as both a Facebook group and a Yahoogroup.
Sibling Leadership Network is dedicated to advancing causes important to the millions of siblings of people who have disabilities. The Network website can connect you to many resources and connect siblings with other siblings their own age.
Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns.