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Sibling Support Project

Explore the resources below to expand your knowledge and ability to navigate the complexities of caring for someone with a spinal cord injury.

Family caregiving involves an array of tasks. For many individuals, it is a new and unknown territory. The tasks can range from helping someone with daily care, providing support with household tasks, securing accessible transportation, helping to motivate and enable involvement in social activities, to advocating for ongoing medical care. It is not unusual for family caregivers to feel unsure of themselves, where to start, or who to turn to. At first, caregivers find themselves wondering, “What resources are available? How do I find support? What can I do to help my loved one and myself?”

There are agencies and tip sheets in this section that can help families living with spinal cord injuries develop an individualized caregiver plan.  These include resources for finding a caregiver as well as for identifying medical services to support emerging needs, modifying a home for wheelchair accessibility, locating transportation resources and agencies to support adaptive driving, as well as identifying medical providers, groups, and agencies for emotional support and caregiver respite.

Also included are listings of statewide spinal cord injury associations and community groups that promote empowerment, independence, and peer support. Other disability resources to help adopt a positive approach to daily living are also included.

Sibling Support Project

The 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. They believe that disabilities, illness, and mental health issues affect the lives of all family members. Youths 8-18 can find information and peer support in the project’s Sibshop programs, which connect youths coping with a sibling’s disability to community-based local programs. There are a variety of online groups to get help and support at all hours of the day for adult brothers and sisters, young adult sibs (18 to early 30’s) and for teen brothers and sisters.

 

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