Siblings

Welcome to the Siblings Page which has been set up for adult siblings of people with disability. Teen siblings are of course welcome to explore these pages but you might also like to check out the Teen siblings page.

We understand that each sibling of a person with a disability is different. You may have come here to connect with other siblings; or to make sense of your own experiences or reactions; or to find information about services for your brother or sister with a disability (including mental illness). You may have had little contact with your brother or sister into adulthood or you may be very involved with supporting them, alongside parents or on your own. Some siblings take on a full carer role. You may have had contact with the disability service system for years, and be either satisfied or very frustrated. You may have just started to think about what your role might be into the future. This is a good place to start.

The Government systems, supporting people with disability, have changed, with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which is managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). You can find out more about these changes via the NDIS section.

If you are a parent looking for support for young siblings, or needing assistance in talking with an adult sibling, we have included this information in the parent section.

You can click on a number of different links to the left. If you cannot find what you are looking for please Contact Us and we will endeavour to assist.

The quotes included throughout these pages are from siblings who have shared their thoughts, either in the book Siblings: Brothers and Sisters of Children with Disability or via various Siblings Australia research projects and online discussions.