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Don Meyer has done it again with this beautiful and poignant book featuring essays written by people who have experienced and are still experiencing life as a sibling of someone who is developmentally and/or physically disabled. This population is largely underserved in that the focus of this type of family is usually on the disabled child. Siblings can be forgotten or invisible because they are considered "normal.

These compelling essays express a diverse range of sibling experiences and attitudes

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 stigmatised; younger contributors can attest to changing attitudes and greater acceptance of people with differences.

These compelling essays express a diverse range of sibling experiences and attitudes.

Thicker Than Water: Essays by Adult Siblings of. People with Disabilities by Don Meyer. Thicker Than Water is a captivating collection of memoirs that explore the depth of familial love. The book features 39 essays written by the adult siblings of people with disabilities, recounting their personal experiences from childhood into adulthood. With a diverse list of authors from 20 to 70 years old, Thicker Than Water reflects not only the bond between siblings but also the changing societal landscape surrounding disability over the past seven decades. Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw.

Thicker Than Water by Don Meyer and Publisher Woodbine House. These compelling essays express a diverse range of sibling experiences and attitudes. Save up to 80% by choosing the eTextbook option for ISBN: 9781606132234, 1606132237. The print version of this textbook is ISBN: 9781890627911, 1890627917. Publisher: Woodbine House. Print ISBN: 9781890627911, 1890627917.

Thicker Than Water: Essays by Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities. Don Meyer, Cristina Breshears, and Patrick Martin. Other Books on Sibling Issues for Adult Readers

Thicker Than Water: Essays by Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities. Uncommon Fathers: Reflections on Raising a Child With a Disability. Other Books on Sibling Issues for Adult Readers: Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey. Special Siblings: Growing Up With Someone with a Disability. The Ride Together: A Brother and Sister's Memoir of Autism in the Family. Paul Karasik and Judy Karasik. How to Be a Sister: A Love Story with a Twist of Autism. Thicker than Water contains 39 mini-memoirs, many of which are just 4 or 5 pages long. I like to pick up the book for a few minutes at a time, as a way to gain insight into family dynamics and the transition to adulthood. 5. Laughing at My Nightmare. by Shane Burcaw (2014).

Meyer works to help siblings whose relationships need more attention than most - siblings of people who have a disability. His latest, Thicker Than Water, is a collection of 39 essays by adult siblings. Meyer is director of the Sibling Support Project, which he runs out of a small office on the upper floor of a church in Ballard. Over the past two decades, through books and workshops he has helped create a web of support around the world for siblings. Most Read Local Stories. It starts with memories of growing up and moves through the ages. What’s it like when a sibling goes off to college, gets married, has kids?

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Bound by blood, but not always by love, a sibling can be your friend or rival, defender or detractor--sometimes simultaneously! But what's the impact on that bond when one sibling has a disability?

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.

A common element in all of the essays is honesty. A sibling writes...I did the usual things kids do while growing up--had friends--just never brought them home. Participated in Girl Scouts and cheerleading--just never had my family at events. Did Mom sense my embarrassment at having a brother with multiple disabilities--one who d whoop and strike the air with his fist at inappropriate times? (Is there an appropriate time? Football games?) Or was she ashamed of his behavior and I absorbed this shame? Because shame it was. I was ashamed of Jimmy. There. I wrote it. (Can t quite say it, though.) I was ashamed and now I m ashamed of my shame.

Also by Don Meyer: Views from Our Shoes: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs The Sibling Slam Book: What It's Really Like to Have a Brother or Sister with Special Needs


Comments: (7)

Hanelynai
Book was recommended. Purchased and found it to be most interesting. I needed to know if others with siblings with disabilities, felt some of the things I felt having to be the "chosen" one to take on this person after my parents passed. Other siblings weren't able to take care of themselves much less someone else. The issue had never been discussed, and many times things go pretty smoothly, however, I am at an age where I must begin making some important decisions for my family and self. If I'm not around to care for this person, does it then fall on my children? A good read for all who have willingly and unwillingly cared for a sibling.
Zacki
could identify with some of the authors. some of the stories were really genuine and inspiring. should be updated and current.
Acebiolane
Don Meyer has done it again with this beautiful and poignant book featuring essays written by people who have experienced and are still experiencing life as a sibling of someone who is developmentally and/or physically disabled. This population is largely underserved in that the focus of this type of family is usually on the disabled child. Siblings can be forgotten or invisible because they are considered "normal."

Many of the essays deal with what happens when mom and dad are gone and there is a disabled sibling who needs care and the challenges that adult sibs face when confronted with these issues. Every one of these authors is to be commended for their courage and honesty in writing these essays. Those of us who are or have been non-disabled siblings can relate to all of these stories regardless of our own experience.

Buy two copies - one for yourself and one to give as a gift to a sibling of someone who is disabled. I'm sure you know one -- people with disabilities are the largest minority group -- and most of them have siblings.

I loved this book!
santa
My husband has siblings with disabilities. Not having grown up with siblings with disabilities, I wanted a better understanding. Not only did this book of essays help me understand my husband better, it helped me to reconcile myself (in a small way--a start) to some of the feelings and issues associated with the caregiver role assumed by individuals who have siblings with disabilities. Would definitely recommend.
Vrion
If you are a sibling of someone with a disability, this book will spell out words straight from your soul. Here people have written about the most pertinent issues in their sibling-lives, having teased out the questions, offered some tentative answers, but still let their insecurities and their further questions shine through. The authors in this book have written with love and compassion, but also with doubt and fear - and so their words ring true with those who have felt feelings of a similar kind to theirs. As a sibling of someone with a disability myself, I saw notes of myself throughout the essays in this book... every few pages something would ring pertinent and true.

Read this book if you are a sibling, and you will feel recognized and validated. Read this book if you just want to know about siblings of people with disabilities too, because there is so much scope for learning about a multitude of issues within it. Through such a variety of different types of relationships, disabilities, lifestyles and situations, this book gives a look at sibling issues from the inside, and in siblings' own words.
Bradeya
as a sibling who just drove 5 hours north to spend a day with my sister with cerebral palsy, and then 5 hours home to spend Father's Day with my "immediate" family -- I can relate to all of these essays on family stress and guilt and what should I do questions... All of us are the same even tho all of us have different siblings and situations. We are WHO WE ARE because of our siblings with a disability. We are more sensitive to the world around us, yet we are tougher at times, we are loving parents, but scared to even BE parents, we are mad at our parents for not giving us enough time and attention, but we are the main helpers to our parents.

These essays are well written, and show the sibling relationships in all dimensions. Buy this book for yourself if you are a sibling to a person with a disability, or or your local school system, or for a fried who has "Normal" (haha) kids along with a kid with a disbility -- even if (especially if...) that parent/friend says their children are all treated the same.
Kizshura
Thicker Than Water was recommended to me by my daughter. Her brother (my son) has Down's Syndrome and just celebrated his 40th birthday. I believe this book should be read by every family with a member who is disabled and with every care giver and agency providing services. It has heart warming as well as sad stories. The perspective of siblings is one we all should understand and accept. My daughter summed the difference with parents and siblings in 4 words: parents want health and safety issues met first; and siblings strive for independence and self-advocacy for their brothers and sisters. This is a MUST READ. My thanks and gratitude to all the authors and especially to Don Meyer for compiling the stories.
I am an adult sibling. I've met other adult siblings. I've run sibshops. I've worked in the disability field for years. And still, this book amazed me at how it spoke directly to me. Other adult sibs whose siblings have completely different disabilities, and we had the same situations to deal with. I am so glad to have read this book. I purchased a second copy for a good friend who is also an adult sib. We're both passing our copies on to other people as well. A great read.
Thicker Than Water: Essays by Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities download epub
Social Sciences
Author: Don Meyer
ISBN: 1890627917
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Language: English
Publisher: Woodbine House; First Edition edition (May 12, 2009)
Pages: 226 pages