Brothers and sisters of people with developmental disabilities can often benefit from professional assistance and peer support.

Sibling services can be made available to brothers and sisters of individuals with developmental disabilities, regardless of whether their disabled sibling receives services through AHRC New York City.

Services are available to siblings from all five boroughs at AHRC NYC headquarters located at 83 Maiden Lane in Manhattan.

AHRC New York City is unique in the wide range of services that it offers to siblings, both children and adults:

  • Sibshops (recreational groups for children ages 5-13)

Sibshops are activity-based workshops for brothers and sisters of individuals with cognitive/developmental disabilities, held on the 5th floor of AHRC New York City’s headquarters.

Upcoming Sibshops dates are as follows:

Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

* Children must be registered in advance for Sibshops.

Free door-to-door transportation is available for Manhattan residents.
Lunch and transportation provided by AHRC NYC.
Metrocards are available for family members bringing their children.

  • Adult Sibling Group

It is likely that the brothers and sisters of a sibling with a disability will be a part of that sibling’s life for longer than anyone else – longer than a parent.  The responsibilities surrounding the care of a sibling with a disability may change with age, leaving brothers and sisters with important care decisions, sometimes difficult, challenging or painful.

As they grow older, siblings learn strategies to advocate for their brother and sisters. By connecting with other adult siblings, brother and sisters of a person with disabilities can often benefit from professional assistance, peer support, and resource materials.  By sharing expertise gained over the course of their lifetime, siblings can provide each other with emotional support, resources for planning special services for their sibling, legal and financial planning, and future guardianship planning.

To register for or to obtain information about the services and workshops listed, please contact Annette Spallino, Sibling Services Coordinator, at 212 780-2592.

Sibling Matters

Sibling Matters is a newsletter developed by the Sibling Committee of AHRC NYC for siblings of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, as a source of information for siblings. Whether they are already caring and advocating for their brothers and sisters or they are growing into the role, siblings will find this publication to be a resource, providing opportunities for Siblings to connect with each other, to express concerns, and to celebrate accomplishments with others who have similar experiences.

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We Want to Hear From You!

Let us know what topics you would like to discuss, or send us your questions.  Please email Editor, Kate Isenberg, at or call 212-780-4496 to submit questions, suggestions or ideas for articles at any time.   We are also looking for new committee members, so if you would like to help us in our efforts, please contact us at the above address as well.

Additional Resources for Siblings is a website dedicated to serving the needs of siblings, providing:

  • Online Learning – Self-paced training on important topics for siblings such as planning for the future and navigating the disabilities service system.
  • Educational Webinars – Available to both siblings and service providers, to educate on important topics.
  • Sibchats – Phone conversations in which adult siblings from across New York State connect with each other to discuss share expertise in future planning for one’s sibling with a disability, securing appropriate services within the New York State disabilities services system, and tools to advocate on the behalf of siblings.