My friend Michelle Wolf wrote a great piece today over in Jewish Journal, highlighting a terrific blog called Sibs' Journey: Broadening the Narrative. Here's what the three young college students have to say about their summer project:
We are three college students embarking on a cross country journey this summer to learn more about what it is like to be a sibling of someone with special needs. We plan to interview siblings of individuals with several types of developmental disabilities. The age range of interviewees and diagnoses of their siblings will vary. On our journey around the United States, we hope to collect more information and narratives about how living with a sibling who is neurologically atypical (e.g., having autism, Down’s Syndrome, or any other type of intellectual disability) affects the social and emotional development of the sibling.
I've been lying on my bed in a laundry and post-having-to-give-Sophie-rectal valium-haze, reading these posts and have alternately smiled and cried through nearly all of them. This section really got to me, of course. Here's an excerpt from Our Greatest Cheerleaders:
It's important reading and watching (videos included), and I hope that you all will do so!
Thank you, Ellie, Renee and Claire. What beautiful, intelligent and strong women you are.