Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters (TABS)

TABS siblings

A support and networking group for adult siblings of individuals with disabilities.

A Support Network for Adult Siblings

TABS understand that being an adult sibling of a brother or a sister with a disability has its rewards and challenges. Giving support to and receiving support from siblings who have experienced these rewards and challenges themselves can be both healing and celebratory.

Support from peers can generate opportunities for emotional growth, can aid in making connections with services and supports from those who have “been there,” and can enable a stronger and more fulfilling bond with a brother or a sister.

Connect with siblings through the TABS Facebook page. For more information, please e-mail TABS at info.tabs@vanderbilt.edu.

TABS sponsored a successful, sold-out SibShop Capacity and Leadership Building Institute on Aug. 19-20

Sponsoring agencies included the Tennessee School for the Blind, Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and Tennessee School for the Deaf. Questions? Contact Tina Prochaska at tinap@tsd.k12.tn.us or (865) 579-2429. Watch the Tennessee Disability Pathfinder calendar for a Sibshop (for children 8-13) near you.

TABS Third Thursdays

Regional monthly gatherings for adult siblings who have a brother or sister with a disability are now being held in the Knoxville, Jackson, and Nashville area.

Sibling Mentoring Program

Through a partnership with Tennessee Parent-to-Parent, a statewide program established to provide support, information, services, training and leadership opportunities for families of youth and children with special health care needs, we are able to provide one-to-one connections for adult siblings looking for an opportunity to talk about their sibling, themselves and their family. Visit our Parent Matching page for more!

Local and National Sibling Resources...

The Partners in Policymaking Leadership Institute

The Partners in Policymaking Leadership Institute is a training initiative of the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities. The Institute is designed to provide adults with disabilities and family members of individuals with disabilities with the latest information on disability policy issues, and to help them become advocates for themselves, and for others in their communities.

For more information, contact Ned Andrew Solomon, Director, Partners in Policymaking, 615.532.6556 or ned.solomon@tn.gov.

Sibling Support Project

The Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns. They believe that disabilities, illness, and mental health issues affect the lives if all family members. They want to increase the peer support and information opportunities for brothers and sisters of people with special needs and to increase parents' and providers' understanding of sibling issues.

SibNet Listserv

The SibNet Listserv is an online community for adult siblings around the world to share information and discuss issues of common interest.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Links

Other Links and Resources