April 3, 2014

Vanderbilt co-sponsors conference for siblings of adults with disabilities

Brothers and sisters have lifelong relationships, and when one sibling has a disability, the other siblings often feel a special responsibility but lack information and support.

Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters (TABS) will address these needs with its Sixth Annual Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters (TABS) Conference April 4-5 at the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt, Nashville.

“Relationships” is the conference theme, with sessions focusing on the dynamics of family relationships with siblings, parents, spouses, service providers and friends.

Caroline McGraw, author of the blog "A Wish Come Clear" and contributor to the Autism After 16 website, is the keynote speaker sharing her experiences growing up with her brother on the autism spectrum and the lessons she has learned.

Breakout sessions are wide-ranging, including employment services, helping siblings with disabilities build relationships, futures planning, financial planning and conservatorships. The TABS Conference begins at 1 p.m. on Friday and concludes at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Advance registration is requested. Cost is $50 ($25 for students), and includes meals, conference materials and a TABS tote bag. Register at kc.vanderbilt.edu/registration. More information is available at 343-0545 or info.tabs@vanderbilt.edu.

TABS is a statewide network to provide information, resources and support for adults who have a brother or sister with a disability or mental health disorder. In addition to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, conference sponsors are the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Arc Tennessee, Tennessee School for the Deaf and Holiday Inn Vanderbilt.