The University of Texas at Austin

Texas Statewide Sibling Network

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University of Texas at Austin
101 East 27th Street, Suite 5.300
Austin, Texas 78712-1532
(512) 475-7203
The University of Texas at Austin

Project Director
Nick Wings-Yanez

Project Period
September 1, 2017 — August 31, 2022

Project Objective
The Texas Statewide Sibling Network will establish a sustainable, inclusive network for older teenage and adult siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities across Texas. The primary aim of this project is to facilitate support, advocacy, and community formation among siblings while reflecting the cultural, racial, socioeconomic, and regional diversity of the state. The Texas Statewide Sibling Network will use a holistic approach to meet siblings’ needs across different stages of life, creating a cross-generational sibling community spanning multiple targeted regions. This project will consist of three key components: 1) community programs for adults in their twenties and older in at least six cities; 2) campus network for college-aged siblings at a minimum of four colleges and universities; and 3) campus and community programs will be united by a social media campaign.

State Plan Goal 3
Increase the access that individuals with developmental disabilities and families of individuals with developmental disabilities have to information, training, and support to advocate for themselves and/or to collaborate with allies to impact public policy, service systems, and community supports.


Geographic Reach
Travis, Williamson, Hays, Harris, Denton, Dallas, Bexar, Hidalgo, and El Paso Counties

Travis, Williamson, Hays, Harris, Denton, Dallas, Bexar, Hidalgo, and El Paso Counties

Area of Emphasis
Education