The CIDA Sibling Net Program is a family support program dedicated to thousands of Asian-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 Asian-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.
2023 Healing Centered Youth Program
The Healing-Centered Youth Workshop Series aims to support Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) youth by focusing on mental and emotional well-being and racial healing. This program will help siblings and youth members of CIDA develop a healthy sense of identity in which they feel confident and secure in who they are. It also involves strengthening their racial literacy. During 2023, CIDA provides a five day training camp sponsored by Coalition of Asian-American Children and Families (CACF).
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2019 Community Forum & Legislative Dinner
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:
- Health Care Access & Insurance
- Family-Centered Service & Accessing Resources
- High school graduation options & Regent Diploma
- Job Opportunities in the community
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by May 14th.
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