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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.

“I spent years and years searching for resources for our daughter, Rylee (now 13 years old) who has special needs. This has been a challenge from the start and will continue. As our kids were growing up, I decided it was time to look for resources that were available for our son, Nolan (now 10 years old) to help him cope and understand what it means to have a sister with a disability.

I found Citizen Advocacy and their Children’s Sibling Group. I thought it might be a good fit for Nolan. So, I asked him if he would be interested in a siblings group for kids with brothers or sisters with special needs. Nolan response was, “What is a sibling?”  When I explained, he did not hesitate and immediately said “Yes, I do!”. This was not really a surprise as Nolan has always been a very understanding, empathetic brother to Rylee, but he was very interested in meeting other kids in his shoes. This made us, as parents very proud.

From day one, Nolan has truly enjoyed the group and has met several children he ‘connects’ with. After his first couple of visits I asked him why he liked it so much. He said, “Mom, they just get me. I can talk about stuff and the other kids understand …. not like my other friends.”  Nolan always asks when the next session is, looks forward to it and when we pick him up he always has a smile on his face and lots to talk about.

Children’s Siblings Group to Nolan is almost like a “reset button”. Once a month he gets to speak freely and listen to other kids about their experiences. He realizes others are living life like him, with their own special challenges. He is very relaxed and feels safe at Children’s Siblings Group.”

Diane Young


Registration is now open for the 2018-2019 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 28, 2018.

First Block

October 20, 2018

November 17, 2018

December 15, 2018

January 19, 2019

Second Block

February 16, 2019

March 23, 2019

April 20, 2019

May 18, 2019

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 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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Tel/Tel. 613-761-9522
TTY/ATS: 613-725-6175

Toll Free/Sans Frais: 1-866-222-2138
Fax/Télécopie: 613-761-9525

312 av. Parkdale Ave.,
Ottawa, ON, K1Y 4X5

Charitable Registration Number/Numéro d’enregistrement d’organisme de bienfaisance
13036 2817 RR0001