Thicker Than Water: Essays by Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities [NOOK Book]

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In this thought-provoking essay collection, thirty-nine adult siblings reflect on how their lives have been indelibly shaped by their relationship with a brother or sister with special needs. Edited by Don Meyer, creator of Sibshops and an expert on sibling issues, THICKER THAN WATER reveals both positive and negative aspects of growing up with someone who might have received the lion’s share of his parents’ attention or who now requires extra ...
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Thicker Than Water: Essays by Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities

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Overview

In this thought-provoking essay collection, thirty-nine adult siblings reflect on how their lives have been indelibly shaped by their relationship with a brother or sister with special needs. Edited by Don Meyer, creator of Sibshops and an expert on sibling issues, THICKER THAN WATER reveals both positive and negative aspects of growing up with someone who might have received the lion’s share of his parents’ attention or who now requires extra support as an adult.

These compelling essays express a diverse range of sibling experiences and attitudes. Contributors range in age from 20 to 70 and have siblings whose disabilities include Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, seizures, visual impairment, fragile-X syndrome, intellectual disability, or mental illness. Several essays demonstrate how experiences vary based on a writer’s age and generation. Many older contributors grew up when disabilities were stigmatized; younger contributors can attest to changing attitudes and greater acceptance of people with differences. Some contributors have chosen to work in a disability field or service profession and credit their siblings for influencing their career choices; others have pursued dreams far removed from a disability field.

This absorbing collection offers other siblings the catharsis of discovery and shared experiences. THICKER THAN WATER provides fascinating reading for siblings, parents, caregivers, and anyone who shares a long-term relationship with a person with special needs or wonders what that experience may be like.
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Down Syndrome News
They write of relationships that are complex and simple, joyful and hard, accepting and resentful, ordinary and extraordinary. Many write of their siblings as gifts that shape their lives. For others, their lives were shaped by less-than-positive family dynamics. The stories are real, their feelings are genuine, and their advice for other families is heartfelt.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606132234
  • Publisher: Woodbine House
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 236
  • File size: 804 KB

Meet the Author

Don Meyer is the director of the Sibling Support Project, creator of Sibshops, and author of books for siblings. He lives with his family in Seattle, Washington.
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