- 2016 Vinfen Moving Images Film Festival
The MSSN Adult Sibling Social Group invites adult siblings of people with disabilities to join us for an informal gathering at 5:30 on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Penguin Pizza (735 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115). This is a great opportunity to meet peers whose lives have also been impacted by a brother/sister with disabilities. Prior to this event, some of us will be attending the 2016 Vinfen Moving Images Film Festival in Boston from 9am to 5:00pm. The film festival is free, lunch will be served, and parking is complimentary. Please join the MSSN for the whole day, or just come to the gathering at Penguin Pizza (please plan to buy your own pizza). We hope to see you! http://www.vinfen.org/events/moving-images/register/
- National Sibling Day Celebration- Massachusetts Sibling Support Network
A wine and cheese event featuring local authors of sibling books. Come hear the authors read and speak about the joys and challenges faced by siblings. Books will be available to purchase, signed by the authors. The books are geared to adult siblings, parents of young siblings, and professionals who work with siblings. There will be time for networking and adult siblings, parents and professionals are encouraged to attend. For more information and to RSVP, please contact [masked] or call[masked]. Books and attending authors will be: The Sibling Survival Guide: Indispensable Information for Brothers and Sisters of Adults with Disabilities, Edited by Don Meyer and Emily Holl Contributing author John Kramer will be present. Sibling Group Lends a Helping Hand: A Guide to Facilitating Support Groups for Siblings of Children with Special Needs by Olivia von Ferstel and Bridget Glenshaw Co-authors Olivia von Ferstel and Bridget Glenshaw will be present. All About My Brother by Sarah Peralta will be present.
- No Sibling Left Behind workshop
On Wednesday, March 26 at 6 p.m., MSSN will present "No Sibling Left Behind" at LifeLinks, 285 Mill Road, Chelmsford. This presentation is open to the public and will address the overall sibling experience (what it's like for siblings to grow up with a brother/sister with a disability), strategies to support siblings, current trends in sibling research, and the growing sibling movement. Registration is required. Please contact Rachel at [masked] or call[masked]. If less than 5 people RSVP, the event will be cancelled. Thank you for helping us to spread the word.
- Author Talk and Dinner
UPDATE: After Matthew Quick's talk at the Boston Public Library (6-7pm), we will be heading over to the restaurant Tico, conveniently located at 222 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116. All are welcome to join us for a bite and fun conversation even if you can't make the talk!! We should arrive at the restaurant between 7:15 and 7:30. Please RSVP (and email me with any late changes) so I can make/adjust reservation as appropriate. Looking forward to a great evening!! Reservation under the name: Carol Siblings. ( http://www.ticorestaurant.com/index.php ) Hi everyone! There's a free talk at the Boston Public Library by author Matthew Quick about his newest book, The Good Luck of Right Now. While it isn't a book about "Siblings," the description sounds like it may raise some common themes (and, in any case, I loved the movie The Silver Linings Playbook, which was based on the novel by the same name that he wrote). I'm thinking we could attend the talk and then head to a nearby restaurant for a bite to eat and to chat. If people are interested in joining for dinner only, then chime in and we can pick a place ahead of time. Recommendations welcome! The talk is at the BPL, in the Abbey Room, Central Library, Copley Square in Back Bay. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014, 6 – 7 P.M. Here's the description from the BPL website: Matthew Quick is the author of The Good Luck of Right Now. Bartholomew has lived with his mother for 38 years. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His counselor says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly? Bartholomew thinks he has found a clue when he discovers a “free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere in his mother’s drawer and the adventure begins. Matthew Quick (aka Q) is the New York Times best-selling author of several novels including The Silver Linings Playbook, which was made into the 2013 Oscar-winning film. His work has been translated into 28 languages and he has received the PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention among other accolades. All of his books have been optioned for film. http://www.bpl.org/programs/calendar.htm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D108429107
- Let's Have Brunch!
Hello siblings! Before we get immersed in the holiday season, let's make some time for ourselves with others who"get it!" Please join us for good food and relaxed, fun conversation! Please RSVP as soon as possible, but definitely by 9 a.m. Saturday, 11/23, so we can let the restaurant know how many to expect. UPDATE: Due to the great response, I've added a limit of 10 to make sure we can all sit together. A waitlist will be created. If you RSVP'd "yes," and your plans change so you can no longer attend, then please update your RSVP as soon as possible to "no" so that someone from the waitlist can join us!! I will be posting other events for more people soon! Stay tuned!! And, please share ideas for events and locations! Looking foward to meeting you soon!
- National Sibling Leadership Network Conference
Attention Adult Siblings of People with Disabilities, Self-Advocates, Families, and Professionals: Save the date for the National Sibling Leadership Network Conference on June 6th in Pittsburgh, PA! Join us for an opportunity to connect with other siblings and people who care about siblings. This is your chance to hear from national experts on the latest in sibling support and research as well as learn about advocacy efforts. You will have an opportunity to learn about resources, share stories, network and gain insight on sibling experiences. The Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) is a national nonprofit with state chapters dedicated to providing siblings of people with disabilities information and support throughout the lifespan to advocate with their brothers and sisters to promote issues important to them and their entire families. The SLN Conference is being co-sponsored by AAIDD and held in conjunction with the AAIDD Conference. AAIDD is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of professionals and citizens concerned about intellectual and developmental disabilities. http://www.aaidd.org/content_6546.cfm?navID=75
- Flowers: A Benefit Exhibition, May 9, 2013
Flowers: A Benefit Exhibition, May 9, 2013 100 flower-themed works by Gateway artists and staff will be on view in the Gateway Gallery. Let's attend the Special reception, A Toast to Gateway, will be held on May 9 from 6 – 8 PM and will include champagne, chocolates, flowers, and live jazz. This is a free event that I learned about and it seemed like a great way to support the local artists with disabilities in the community! Gateway Arts provides professional development for more than 100 adults with disabilities who have talent in fine hand crafts and fine art. Artists are encouraged to follow their dreams, and create a unique individualized career, while learning new processes and developing skills with the encouragement and support of a professional staff of artists.
- Future Planning is a Family Affair Workshop
Join the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network for a free workshop on Family Planning! This event is geared toward adult siblings of individuals with disabilities, caregivers, and professionals. Many important aspects of future planning will be presented, including effective communication tools, financial planning, review of terminology, sibling research, and local resources. Time for socializing and networking will be included. Coffee and dessert will be served. Questions? Visit our website at http://www.masiblingsupport.org or call [masked] Driving directions from Trapelo Road in Waltham: When you turn into 200 Trapelo Road, take your first left into the parking lot. Drive past the first building. Park in the circular drive in front of the second building. We will meet in the main conference room of the second building.
- Trivia in Kendall Square
Join us for another Stump Trivia Night - we're switching locations and will be playing at Tommy Doyle's in Kendall Square. Trivia starts at 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 23rd but we'll meet at 6:15pm to settle in and pick an awesome team name. Teams are 6 or fewer people so if we have more than 6 people we'll form multiple teams for some healthy competition. Significant others are more than welcome to join in on the fun. Participating in the Trivia Night is free - just pay for any food and drinks you order. RSVPs are required if you're planning to attend so we can save enough seats for everyone. There must be at least 2 RSVPs by 12pm on October 23rd otherwise the event will be canceled. For more information about Tommy Doyle's, including a map and menu, check out their website: http://tommydoyles.com/locations/kendall-square/ Here's a little bit more information about the Trivia Nights: Stump! Trivia is a Team Trivia contest played in bars and restaurants all over the country and is a product of Trailside Entertainment. Get your team of six (or fewer) people down to one of our sites to test your skill at an assortment of trivia questions, ranging from Anatomy to Literature, Movies to History.