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Family is a conceputually broad array term. Family relations refers to the dynamics of interpersonal interaction and developmental processes taking place betweenand among memb ers of a biological or socially define family unit.


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  • Adult Sibling Survey
    Of all family ties, our relationships with our siblings last the longest. We would like to understand the lifelong relationship of adult siblings to their brother or sister with disabilities.
  • Best Buddies (Vanderbilt Chapter)
    Vanderbilt University's Best Buddies chapter.
  • Family Voices
    A national grassroots clearinghouse for information and education about ways to assure and improve health care for children with disabilities and chronic conditions
  • Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas
    The LSI brings together scientists of diverse disciplines including psychology, psychiatry, speech pathology, sociology, education, biology, pharmacology, physiology and medicine to study human development from its genetic origins through the final stages of life.
  • Pacer Center
    The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.
  • Parents Helping Parents
    A parent-directed family resource center for children with special needs. PHP provides information, support, and training for families of children of any age with any kind of special need (mental, physical, emotional, or learning disability) resulting from accident, illness, or birth defect.
  • Sibling Leadership Network
    The mission of the Sibling Leadership Network is to provide siblings of individuals with disabilities the information, support and tools to advocate with their brothers and sisters and to promote the issues important to them and their entire families.
  • Sibling Support Project
    The Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns.

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