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Ann Kaiser contributes to book comprised of writings by adult siblings

Updated on 7/2/2009 11:08:18 AM.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigator Ann P. Kaiser has contributed to a new book comprised of writings by adult siblings, who reflect on how their lives have been shaped by their relationship with a brother or sister with a disability. Thicker Than Water is edited by Don Meyer, creator of Sibshops and an expert on sibling issues.

Contributors range in age from 20 to 70 and have siblings whose disabilities include Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, seizures, visual impairment, fragile-X syndrome, intellectual disability, or mental illness. Several essays demonstrate how experiences vary based on a writer’s age and generation. Many older contributors grew up when disabilities were stigmatized; younger contributors can attest to changing attitudes and greater acceptance of people with differences. Some contributors have chosen to work in a disability field or service profession and credit their siblings for influencing their career choices; others have pursued dreams far removed from a disability field.

Thicker than Water

Ann P. Kaiser, Ph.D., is Professor of Special Education; Susan Gray Chair in Education and Human Development; Professor of Psychology; and a Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Investigator

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