Voter Registration Events 

September 23, 2014 is National Voter Registration Day! 

Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. and Able South Carolina are partnering together for voter education events in Columbia and Greenville. 
For more information, contact Maggie Knowles, PAVA Coordinator at (803) 217-6702 or knowles@pandasc.org .

There will be a chance to:

  • Register to vote
  • Practice using an accessible voting machine
  • Learn your voting rights
  • Learn about voting accommodations
  • Even take a sneak peek at your November ballot

Come celebrate National Voter Registration Day between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm in Columbia and Greenville!

A short voter training will be provided at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.



Richland County Library SE

7421 Garner’s Ferry Road
Columbia, SC 29209
McAlister Square
225 S Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC 29607

 SC Adult Sibling Leadership Network Conference

Many thanks to those who joined us at the Family Connection SC "Of Hopes & Dreams" 2012 conference.  The conference was wonderful.  We would also like to thank our panel participants for sharing their stories on the "Challenges of Meeting Sibling's Needs as They Move to Adulthood" and Susan DuRant for her presentation on "What You Need to Know if You Are the Adult Sibling of an Individual with Disabilities".  
The SibNet Listserv
Discuss issues and share feelings and information with other brothers and sisters of people with disabilities:
The SibNet Listserv--for adult siblings — The Sibling Support Project
"A warm and thoughtful online support and information community of adult siblings of people with disabilities."
 The 2011 SC Assistive Technology Expo
Susan Bruce, Tanya Inabinet and William Springer attended the SC Assistive Technology Expo and shared information on the SC Adult Sibling Leadership Network.  It was a great opportunity to meet individuals with disabilities, thier family members and caregivers.   
Do you have a story you would like to share regarding your relationship with your sibling with special needs?  If so, please contact Melanie Burnett at mburnett@proparents.org 
View Eva Longoria talking about her sister with special needs:
SC Adult Sibling Leadership Conference
was held on October 23, 2010.  It was a wonderful event.  See pictures of the event below:


The SC Adult Sibling Leadership Network is a project of Parents Reaching Out to Parents, Inc. (PRO-Parents), www.proparents.org, and is funded through a grant from the South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council.  The grant will provide an opportunity for adult siblings of persons with disabilities to network with each other, share information, gain information, and receive training on how to effectively advocate on behalf of their brother or sister.


“Today’s adult brothers and sisters already assume larger roles in the lives of people with disabilities than in previous generations, due to at least two converging social phenomena.  First, because of advance medical technologies, many people with disabilities now routinely outlive their parents.  When parents pass away, and even as they age and become increasingly less able to care for their children with disabilities, siblings are often left to take on this role.  Second, current social policies encourage people with disabilities to live and work in the community, but the funding to support programs that facilitate community integration is ever-diminishing. 

 Consequently, siblings of the baby boom and post-baby boom generation are called upon to be more involved than ever before in the lives of their brothers and sisters with disabilities giving new meaning to the phrase “sandwich generation.”

From Thicker than Water, Woodbine House, 2009.

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