2018 TASH Conference has ended
Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life,” reminds us to think outside the box during times of uncertainty. Creativity, innovation, and determination can pave the way for meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.

Thursday, November 29 • 1:05pm - 1:55pm
Strengths and Social Connections of Siblings with and without Disabilities Seating Available

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A growing number of studies have focused on the experiences of adult siblings of brothers and sisters with disabilities (e.g., Meadan, Stoner, & Angell, 2010; Smith & Elder, 2010) as siblings provide a natural, lifelong support for their brother or sister with disabilities. This prior research has focused on the challenges and stressors of being a sibling, the attitudes and expectations these siblings hold, and the support needs of these siblings. However, few studies have focused specifically on the experiences of siblings of transition-age youth and young adults with disabilities (e.g., Begum & Blacher, 2011). And none have focused on how these siblings view their brothers/sisters with disabilities in terms of their strengths and positive traits. Our research examines how siblings rate the strengths of their sibling with disabilities, factors associated with these positive strength ratings, how siblings spend time together, and how siblings perceive the quality of their relationship with their brother or sister with disabilities. To conduct this study we used a web-based survey to gather information from 167 young adult siblings (ages 18-30). Results indicate most respondents view their sibling with a disability as possessing a number of positive strengths with variations based on presence of ASD, ID, presence of challenging behavior, sibling's ability to communicate via speech, and residence in the same home. Most respondents held positive views of their relationship and spent time with their sibling doing a variety of activities with family, additional friends, and just as a pair. We will provide time for group discussion of sibling experiences and continued support needs of siblings. As well, we will offer recommendations for future research along with discussion of the implications of the study findings.

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Erik Carter

Professor, Vanderbilt University
Erik Carter is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. His research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting inclusion, belonging, and valued roles in school, work, community, and congregational settings for children and... Read More →
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Hilary Travers

Doctoral Candidate, Vanderbilt University
Currently ABD, I will complete my doctoral program in special education atVanderbilt University in August 2020. My program emphasis has been in the areas of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), visual impairment (VI), social-focused interventions, and educational research... Read More →

Thursday November 29, 2018 1:05pm - 1:55pm
Salon G - Lower Level 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

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