News from the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network.

Fall 2018 Newsletter

For those of you who are new to the MSSN family, welcome! The MSSN is the only organization in Massachusetts focused on supporting siblings of people with disabilities. Our network is made up of adult siblings, parents of young siblings, service providers, educators, mental health and medical professionals. We provide information on sibling issues, referrals to sibling services, and social connections for siblings of all ages. We have a number of exciting initiatives underway. For questions and to learn more about us, please visit, call (617) 807-0558 or email

The MSSN is Hiring!

Do you have fundraising/development experience with a successful track record? We are seeking a part-time (capped at 15 hours/week) Fundraising & Development Consultant to create a strategic plan for fundraising/development, diversify our funding stream, and help expand our services across the state. This is a one-year contract position with reappointment contingent upon funding. If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the position, please click here to learn about the job description and qualification requirements.

Spotlight on our Administrative Assistant

Leah Baigell recently joined the MSSN as Administrative Assistant with funding from the Becker Family Trust. She will work closely with our Board of Directors as we take on new challenges in support of siblings. Leah also works for the Sibling Support Program: A Family-Centered Mental Health Initiative, a program developed at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center of UMass Medical School. Leah is mom to a challenging 26 year old son with Smith-Magenis Syndrome, a rare genetic syndrome. She is also mom to a 29 year old typically developing son who is a Speech & Language Pathologist working with children who have significant delays. Leah is in a unique position to understand the needs of both parents and siblings of individuals with disabilities. Welcome, Leah!

Upcoming Event on Sibling Relationships

Sibling Relationships: Growing Up with Disabilities in Our Family
Thursday, November 29, 2018, 6:45PM - 8:45PM
Hosted by Minute Man Arc for Human Services
35 Forest Ridge Road, Concord

A panel of those who have first-hand knowledge of what it is like to have a sibling that is “different” will take part in this informative evening. Sisters and brothers will speak about their vast array of experiences. Sibling disabilities include autism, Down syndrome, and ID/DD. The goal of this event is to generate an honest discussion that will be of value to parents, caregivers and their neuro-typical children.

RSVP by November 26 to Michele Klein at or 978-287-7900.

Help Us Further Our Mission:

1. Join our board
2. Volunteer on a committee
3. Hold a fundraising event
4. Make a financial donation
5. Contribute services (website enhancement, printing, event-hosting, self-care workshops for siblings such as yoga, reiki, massage, etc.)

#GivingTuesday is November 27, 2018

On this international day of giving, consider a donation to the MSSN. Your contribution helps us support the needs of siblings of people with disabilities across Massachusetts. The donation button is on the home page of our website: Many thanks!

MSSN Presentations Now Available

Our experienced trainers are available to provide the following presentations to groups of parents, professionals and service providers:  

"No Sibling Left Behind" is geared to parents of young siblings and professionals. We address the overall sibling experience (what it's like for siblings to grow up with a brother/sister with a disability), strategies to support siblings, current trends in sibling research, and the growing sibling movement. We request a $200 honorarium for "No Sibling Left Behind."

"Future Planning is a Family Affair" is geared to adult siblings, although other family members and professionals can benefit as well. We address how to effectively advocate for an adult brother/sister with disabilities, understanding the legal and financial issues associated with caregiving, and working together as a family to make a plan for future care. We request a $250 honorarium for "Future Planning is a Family Affair."

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