The Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) is a national nonprofit organization with state chapters dedicated to providing information and support for siblings of people with disabilities across the lifespan. Founded in 2007, the SLN was created by siblings out of a need to increase the support for siblings of people with disabilities through social networks, education, research, policy and advocacy. The SLN has a network of over 6,000 members from across the country, including a dedicated core of volunteer leaders from 30 states.
Currently, there are 27 state chapters of the SLN and additional chapters are being nurtured throughout the country. Chapters are the grassroots of the organization and maintain more personal contact with people, ensuring that they obtain the information and support they need. The vision is that eventually every state will have a chapter. If your state has a chapter, get connected and learn how you can get involved. If your state does not have a chapter, consider starting a chapter to help grow sibling support in your state.
The SLN has three main areas of focus, often referred to as the three legs on the stool that hold the SLN up:
By joining the network you will become connected to the larger sibling movement happening across the country, and help strengthen the sibling voice.
There has been a growing awareness of the unique perspective and needs of siblings of people with IDD across the lifespan. The SLN has been working to build momentum of the sibling movement across the country. One of the hallmarks of the SLN is to listen to and learn from self-advocates in the movement. People with disabilities are an important part of the SLN Board leadership and Committees ensuring their sibling perspective is included in all its work.
The SLN is primarily a volunteer organization with a dedicated group from across the country helping to build and grow the network. You are welcome to join the SLN. It is free and easy to sign up at www.siblingleadership.org. You don’t have to be a sibling to get involved—sibling supporters are anyone who supports siblings, including parents and other family members, professionals, friends and colleagues of sibs. By joining the network you will become connected to the larger sibling movement happening across the country, and help strengthen the sibling voice so together we can effect even more change.