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Great article around being a sibling of a brother or sister with disability. True words. I just took a clip from it, below, but click on the link for the complete article. As parents we need to remember that we had time to gather resources, skills, while they jumped in right from birth of the sibling. That needs to be valued and honored. I thank all the siblings, for walking the journey, and helping to create more inclusive communities for us all. These next generations of siblings, 'typical' or 'exceptional' needs are going to shatter walls, and grow past what we thought was possible. In that, I trust.
"And you smile at life, enjoying every moment. You are stirring the people around you, helping them to see what you see, to know what you know. You are affecting people’s perceptions of disability as you advocate for your sibling, as you give them a voice when needed. You have willingly embraced this role… it humbles me, it brings me to tears.
You are moving those around you, and you will continue to do so.
As parents, we hope to make this place a better place for our kids. But as the siblings – with hearts so full of acceptance, compassion, an understanding of the value of life – you will go out into this world and change it. Not just for your siblings, but for all of us."