For Siblings

Siblings have a unique relationship with their brother(s) and/or sister(s) with Down syndrome. The vast majority of brothers and sisters describe their relationship with their sibling with Down syndrome as positive and enriching! Ever wonder what siblings think about their brother or sister with Down syndrome? Check out the perspective of a couple of wonderful siblings! 

Brian wrote a speech about his sister Sally. Here's an excerpt:  “My sister's name is Sally and she has Down syndrome.  When I first heard I was going to have a sister with Down syndrome, I was scared and nervous.  I was 9 when she was born... My sister graduated from high school last year and is in a program where she works at Miami Valley South Hospital.  She works for a couple hours each day and then has a class room portion where they review what she did and she learns life skills.  She also has another job where she is paid to fold and package t-shirts.  She beams with pride when she talks about working! Having a sister with Down syndrome has been a great blessings to my family and to me.  She has helped me look at life differently.  I treat people with disabilities differently because of her.  I'm more patient and understanding.”  


 Colby, age 9, writes a limerick about his brother, Reeve: 

"My brother has Trisomy 21,
But it doesn't mean he's dumb. 
Things may take a bit longer,
Yet he always grows stronger,
And together we'll have lots of fun."







For Adult Siblings 

The National Down Syndrome Congress has developed an Adult Sibling Toolkit designed to jump start conversations with parents about becoming more involved in their brother or sister’s life. Siblings can use this information to be an effective advocate and perhaps, caregiver, after their parents are no longer able. Visit the NDSC Adult Sibling site to learn more.