cropped-AB enables special need siblings to connect with and encourage each other, and educates others as to what Growing Up Special really means.

Read more about who we are and what our mission is…

Who We Are

My name is Brittany and I have been a sibling to my special needs sister, Alyssa, since I was two years old. (That’s us in the picture; Alyssa is on the left, I’m on the right).  As you might guess (or know firsthand), growing up with a special needs sibling equips you with a unique sense of humor, a special ability to marvel at the small beauties in life, and a boatload of patience!

Why I Write

What many of us siblings don’t experience, however, are people who have walked the same path as us.  I know that I love every opportunity to connect with people who really understand.  I hope that this blog will allow you to find others who are walking the same road.

If you didn’t Grow Up Special—I am excited to give you a glimpse into our lives!  Whether you’re a parent, a friend, or anyone else, I hope that the crazy stories, tips to encourage special siblings, and other resources will help us all be better prepared to love the special needs people in our lives and learn how to support and encourage their siblings.

My Goals

  • Connect individuals who grew up with a special needs brother or sister with each other.
  • Provide encouragement to anyone with special needs people in their lives.
  • Give parents, friends, and the just plain curious a glimpse into our lives.
  • Supply resources for siblings and parents to make the experience of Growing Up Special the best it can possibly be.

For all of us, I hope we never stop learning about the special people in our lives who have so much to teach us.