Register today for a Zoom meeting and open conversation with fellow brothers and sisters of people with disabilities on Oct. 20, 5:30-7 p.m. CST. Click here to register for Zoom connection info.
As siblings of people with disabilities, many of us will participate in or lead conversations in our families about what the future looks like for our sibling(s) and ourselves. Planning for life after our parents have passed away, as it relates to supports for our siblings with disabilities, can be emotional, uncomfortable, and challenging. With the help of a local therapist and licensed clinical social worker, Leslie Rice, we will explore strategies for having positive and productive conversations with our parents about aging, dying, and planning for the future.
Leslie Rice, LCSW, has worked in various settings, including residential treatment, community mental health, substance abuse treatment, and private practice. She received her Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and her Masters from The University of Georgia. She has been in mental health for over 25 years and has had many conversations with clients around boundaries and having uncomfortable conversations.
This event is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Sibling relationships are often the longest-lasting relationships that a person has in their lifetime. For siblings of people with disabilities, these relationships have a lifelong impact and many siblings eventually take on some level of caregiving role for their brother or sister. Some siblings find themselves providing support to aging parents, siblings with disabilities and their own children at once. TABS is a statewide network that aims to empower and educate siblings of individuals with all types of disabilities by providing information and peer support. TABS welcomes the participation of anyone interested in sibling issues, including but not limited to “siblings-in-law”, professionals, other family members, and those whose siblings with disabilities may have passed away. For more information on Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters, visit the TABS webpage. TABS is the Tennessee state chapter of the national Sibling Leadership Network. Learn more at siblingleadership.org.