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This is the group for you!

It is your chance to meet other brothers and sisters who really understand how having a sibling with a disability is UNIQUE.

Participants between the ages of 6 and 14 years old will be grouped by age. All groups will meet at the same time and place, making drop off and pick up a breeze for parents.

“This group means a great deal to my son and, therefore, to my husband and I. We looked for years for a group that would allow our son to see that he wasn’t alone, that there were other people who understood, and could relate to, the feelings, the frustrations and the challenges that come with being the sibling of someone with special needs.  I am so happy we found Citizen Advocacy and hope that they continue to run this much needed and wonderful program for years to come!”



Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 season.  The program runs one Saturday a month from 9:30 – 11:30 am. There are two separate blocks with four sessions each. You can register for one, or both blocks.

Reserve your spot by September 22, 2017.

First Block

October 21, 2017

November 18, 2017

December 16, 2017

January 20, 2018

Second Block

February 17, 2018

March 24, 2018

April 21, 2018

May 12, 2018

As parents, we have been relieved to find the Sibling Group at Citizen Advocacy. Our daughter has autism spectrum disorder and we realize that our son must be often be confused about her behaviours and why she doesn’t act like other sisters. In addition, she gets a lot of our extra time and attention simply because of the amount of appointments she must attend and the extra work we have to do at home to support her. Giving our son a safe place to meet friends who share his experiences and express his feelings has been a life saver. We are hoping that the friendships will continue so that he always has a group of friends around him that understand. The Sibling Group has given us this, and we are very grateful for its existence and the wonderful support we receive from the staff at Citizen Advocacy.

Heather Rose


Contact Information

For more information please contact

Kelly Howson

Program Coordinator

613-761-9522 ext. 223

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Charitable Registration Number/Numéro d’enregistrement d’organisme de bienfaisance
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