Sibling Net

Sibling Net

The CIDA Sibling Net Program is a family support program dedicated to thousands of Korean-American youths and adults who have siblings with special health problems, developmental disabilities, or mental health concerns. Siblings will be involved in the lives of family members who have disabilities longer than anyone, and they will likely be the primary caretakers and advocates for their brothers and sisters with disabilities when their parents are no longer able to provide support. The Sibling Net Program provides culturally responsive assistance to these Korean-American youths and adults with information and resources concerning their brothers or sisters with disabilities, social support for themselves, and early involvement in future planning. We strongly believe that empowering siblings through a community-based support program will help build independent living, employment, and healthy lives for their brothers and sisters with disabilities. Sibling Net is funded by the Nanum Foundation Community Grant.

The quarterly meeting schedule and the Sibling Net Summit will be announced under Family Support Group in the Events Page.

Community Forum & Legislative Dinner
Hosted by Sibling Net
May 31, 2019

We have every reason to make the year of 2020 meaningful!

The year 2020 will be the 30th anniversary of the American Disability Act, the national law that ensures equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. However, the existing gap between inclusion policies and practices is still significant in New York State.

On May 31, Sibling Net of CIDA, in collaboration with the Self-Advocacy Association of New York (SANYS), invites stakeholders to address seven key areas (see below) that are critical to the inclusion of people with disabilities within the community. During the event, the gaps between the policy, practice and legislative efforts in these key areas will be discussed by seven different groups of stakeholders and representatives from the local legislators’ offices.

The purpose of this activity is to empower siblings and families, and to become partners in the policy making process for people with disabilities. This is also our effort to develop and empower the next generation of young leaders who will continue our mission. Following the event, our goal is to present the jointly-developed, community-driven recommendations to New York State Governor Cuomo, New York City Mayor De Blasio, local elected officials and government agencies.

    • Time & Date: 6:00pm, Friday, May 31, 2019
    • Place: Adria Hotel, 221-17 Northern Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361

Topics in the Round Table Discussion:

  1. Housing
  2. Transportation
  3. Health Care Access & Insurance
  4. Family-Centered Service & Accessing Resources
  5. High school graduation options & Regent Diploma
  6. Job Opportunities in the community
  7. Community-Based Mental Health Support

This is an invitation only event, and we are expecting 100 stakeholders who are families, advocates, representatives, government agencies, service providers and educators. If you are interested in joining the panel discussions on the above topics, please contact Dr. Young Seh Bae at youngsehbae@cidainfo.com by May 14th.

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