We know from the experiences of families and the findings of research that having a child with a disability powerfully affects everyone in the family. What do the siblings have to say about their experience of having a brother or sister with a disability?

Brothers and sisters are playmates first; as they mature, they take on new roles with each other. Over the years, they may be many things to each other — teacher, friend, companion, follower, protector, enemy, competitor, confidant, role model. This relationship can be powerfully affected by a sibling's disability or chronic illness.

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