Texas Sibling Network

 

The Texas Sibling Network aims to create a community for adult siblings of people with disabilities by siblings of people with disabilities.  Our Network will provide support, resources, leadership and advocacy skill building opportunities for siblings.  We recognize siblings have very different experiences and visions and we aim to provide a community to welcome and honor those experiences. 

The Texas Sibling Network is housed at TCDS as the state chapter of the national Sibling Leadership Network, but we are expanding to create local chapters throughout Texas so we represent local experiences and tailor the chapters to these communities.  Our long-term vision is to have local chapters throughout Texas, on college and university campuses, and provide a hub of information for siblings.  We currently have chapters in Austin and Houston!

We have partnered with Texas Advocates and are working with several other disability organizations in order to be as inclusive, sustainable, and effective as possible. 

We provide the following workshops for siblings:

Future is Now – Future planning and how to start the process
Person-Centered Thinking – Tips and Skills for putting your sibling at the center of planning
How to Discuss Sexuality – How to talk about sexuality with your sibling in an effective way
Healthy Relationships – Workshops for your sibling to learn sexuality education basics (adults only)
Technology Supports – Different technology supports available for your sibling (with demo)
ReDiscovery – Workshop discussing disaster preparedness and long-term recovery supports for people with disabilities and those who support

Please contact Dr. Nick Winges-Yanez for more information about workshops or TSN:  nwingesyanez@utexas.edu OR (512) 232-0744.