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The Longest Relationship: What Is It Like to Have a Sibling With Special Needs?

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Maureen Harvie
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What is like to have a brother or sister with a disability? How can the stress of helping them navigate challenges affect their neurotypical siblings?

Carolyn Chen, of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, tells us about a conference this Saturday that offers a place for siblings to share their experiences. And we hear from her and her sister, Jennifer, about how their relationship has changed over time.

Registration information for Sibs2019 here.

Plus, Walter Suskind, founder of the group SibStrong, and his autistic brother Owen talk about breaking through the isolation. Owen's story is the subject of the documentary, Life Animated

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.