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MSSN’s National Sibling Month 2nd Annual Photo Contest
Although in-person National Sibling Month activities were difficult in 2020, the MSSN spread joy and fun on social media with our 2nd Annual Photo Contest campaign. Throughout April, we showcased photos of siblings and their brother/sister with a disability on social media. Our Board of Directors voted for 3 winners in the following categories: Funniest, […]
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The Urgent Need to Advocate for Brothers/Sisters with Disabilities During COVID-19
Siblings are an integral part of the lives and caregiving of our brothers/sisters with disabilities. We have watched the nation react quickly to the coronavirus pandemic. Congress has passed three bills to help mitigate issues for all citizens; however, as with any legislation that is quickly implemented with little historical precedent, there are gaping holes. The […]
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COVID-19: Being a sibling to a person with a disability Webinar
MSSN Board Member Shruti Tewani, LMHC explores the challenges facing siblings of individuals with disabilities during the COVID-19 epidemic and important considerations and self-care techniques. Follow along with the PowerPoint presentation available here.
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MSSN Attends the 42nd Annual Legislative Reception at the State House
This year’s reception at the Massachusetts State House recognized the importance of ending bias and stigma against people with I/DD that are barriers to their employment, independence, and equality, and the ways in which these biases are also reflected in the treatment of their direct support providers. This event was hosted by The Arc of […]
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LABBB Podcast Interview with Emily Rubin, MSSN Executive Director
Patric Barbieri of LABBB recently interviewed MSSN Executive Director Emily Rubin about the importance of special needs planning and the integral part that siblings play in the process. Emily shares her research on sibling support groups and her perspective and knowledge on this subject is profound. This is a must-listen for families and siblings. Listen to […]
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Mental Health Trainee Facilitation of Sibling Support Groups: Understanding its Influence on Views and Skills of Family-Centered Care
Facilitating a sibling support group may be an effective way for mental health trainees to gain skills and confidence in delivering family-centered care. Mental health training programs aiming to imbue trainees with the importance of family-centered care may consider creating opportunities for trainees to facilitate sibling support groups.
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Supporting Siblings of Children with Disabilities at School
The following article by Emily Holl and Don Meyer of The Sibling Support Project highlight important considerations for teachers and other school personnel and suggestions for how to provide support and validation to siblings of people with disabilities in schools.
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Future Planning for Special Needs Siblings: Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast
The following two episodes on Parenting Impossible feature our board Co-President Hillary Dunn Stanisz.
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Board Member Spotlight: Hillary Dunn Stanisz, Esq.
Meet Hillary Dunn Stanisz! She has served on the MSSN Board of Directors since 2013. Hillary has an older brother with Angelman Syndrome, and as a result of her experience, she has devoted her career to assisting individuals with disabilities and their families. As an attorney at the Disability Law Center, Inc., she represents individuals with disabilities in matters […]
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Interview with Emily Rubin, an Innovator in Sibling Support Services
Check out an interview with Emily Rubin, an Innovator in Sibling Support Services. Click here to view.
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