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The Arc Maryland, Partners Host First Statewide Sibling Support Forum in Maryland
Kate Fialkowski, The Arc Maryland’s Executive Director remarked: “The parent’s advocacy movement started in the 1960’s with the ‘Right to Education.’ With the de-institutionalization in the 1970’s and 1980’s self advocates grew the movement, speaking for themselves. In this last decade, as our parents are passing, siblings are now advocating together.”
Over 50 people attended the first statewide sibling forum, entitled “A Sibling Conversation.”
Forums and support networks are the first step in collective advocacy. To join the Maryland Sibling Support Network, visit The Arc Maryland website at http://www.thearcmd.org.
By Their Side is a non-profit organization funded by families to advocate for their relative with a disability when their parents no longer can. “If the recent Sibling Panel and Forum discussion is any indication, the new Maryland Sibling Network will offer adults the opportunity to connect over similar experiences and uncertainty, resourcefulness, and depth of caring and commitment…We remain available to assist as needed,” stated By Their Side Executive Director Kathy Vecchioni.
A sibling resource guide for siblings in Maryland is now available. Brian Cox, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council Executive Director, stated, “In addition to supporting adult siblings, the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council is also exploring ways to help younger siblings of people with developmental disabilities connect and support each other. Siblings can contact the Council to learn more and get involved in these exciting new endeavors."
About The Arc Maryland:
The Arc Maryland is a grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to creating a world where children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have and enjoy equal rights and opportunities.
For more information, contact The Arc Maryland at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Their Side, email@example.com
Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arc Maryland, Inc.
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