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Typical Siblings: When Your Sister or Brother Has a Disability


“It’s a normal brother-sister relationship. Yes, there are challenges. Yes, there are hard days. But there are also some really good days. At the end of the day, you’re my brother, you’re my sister. I love you.”

– Jessica Johnson

We know that disability impacts the entire family, but sometimes we can miss the impact that it has on the typical siblings of a brother or sister with special needs. Today Crystal talks with Dennis Spivey and Jessica Johnson about the joys and challenges that have shaped them as siblings and what they think you should know about siblings. If you are a typical sibling, know that your challenges are shaping you and your life will be blessed and positively impacted because of your sibling with a disability.

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