OSWEGO, NY – Siblings are often the first friends we make, and can be the longest relationships in a person’s life.
These familial bonds are particularly important for people with disabilities, and can have a strong effect on the sibling without disabilities.
“I am always amazed at the maturity of these young students,” said Sabine Ingerson, Director of the ARISE Oswego Office and a facilitator of the Sibshops support group.
Oswego County youth in grades 3 through 8 who have a sibling with a disability come together every other month for fun activities. They bond over the similar experiences that come from living with a sibling who has a disability.
“Yes, sometimes they share that they are bothered by some of the annoying habits their siblings have and that they feel their parents do not have as much time for them,” Ingerson says. “But basically they talk about their brother or sister with love, concern, and a drive to fight for their rights. They are often the best advocates in school and on the playground for their siblings.”
April 10 is National Sibling Day. At ARISE, we salute the Sibshops Sibs for their dedication to their siblings and for their advocacy on their siblings’ behalf.
Sibshops is a support group for youth in grades 3 through 8 who have a brother or sister with a disability.
If you could like to learn more about Sibshops, contact Ingerson at 342-4088 ext. 210.