Sibling Engagement

This section will provide resources for youth-age siblings of individuals with intellectual disabilities and outline opportunities within Special Olympics for both siblings. 

  • A Guide for Sibling Youth Engagement: This guidebook outlines opportunities for youth-age siblings of people with intellectual disabilities to become involved in Special Olympics - English Arabic Chinese French Portuguese | Russian | Spanish | Swahili

  • A Program’s Guide for Sibling Youth Engagement: This guide outlines for Programs provides specific recommendations for promoting sibling engagement in Special Olympics Programs - English Arabic Chinese French Portuguese | RussianSpanish | Swahili

  • Sibling Engagement One-Pager: This one-page resource provides a brief overview of sibling engagement in Special Olympics, including its definition, opportunities for siblings to get involved, and the benefits it offers to siblings -  English Arabic | Chinese | FrenchPortuguese | Russian | Spanish | Swahili 

  • Sibling Engagement Brochure: This brochure provides a brief overview of sibling engagement in Special Olympics, including its definition, opportunities to get involved, an example of long-term involvement, and benefits for sibling - English | Arabic | Chinese | FrenchPortuguese | Russian | Spanish | Swahili

  • Introduction to Sibling Engagement in Special Olympics (video): This 3-minute cartoon video follows Sarah, a sibling of a person with an intellectual disability, as she learns how to be involved in Special Olympics and the importance of doing so - No Captions | English | ArabicChinese | French | Portuguese | Russian Spanish | Swahili

  • A Parent’s Guide for Supporting Siblings: Siblings of people with intellectual disabilities may face a number of challenges as they grow up. This guidebook provides parents with strategies for supporting their children without disabilities - English | French | Spanish 

  • Sibling Engagement Fitness Video: This video offers several opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their siblings to stay active together - No Captions | English | Spanish | French

  • Sibling Engagement Unified Sports Video: This video explains what Unified Sports are and the different types of Unified Sports programs Special Olympics offers. Unified Sports partners can be siblings or other athletes - No Captions | English | Spanish | French

  • Sibling Youth Leadership Video: Inclusive Youth Leadership is when youth with and without intellectual disabilities work together to lead activities in their schools and communities. This video explains how siblings can be involved in Inclusive Youth Leadership - No Captions | English | Spanish | French

  • COVID-19 Adaptation Strategies for Siblings: This guide offers strategies siblings can use to help one another adjust to our new circumstances as a result of COVID-19 - English | Spanish

  • Sibling Experiences Research One-Pager: This guide presents findings from a study exploring the experiences of siblings of people with intellectual disabilities in Latin America, Africa, and Asia Pacific - English

See Special Olympics Resources for additional information.