ASGA events and fundraisers bring the Greater Akron autism community together for education, networking, and fun. Events range from the Annual Autism Summit Conference to sensory-friendly days with community partners to our largest annual fundraiser, the Autism 5k Run & Walk. Events and fundraisers offer families, caregivers, educators, other professionals, and individuals with autism a safe, comfortable place to be a part of the community and support ASGA's programs and services. Money raised for ASGA stays local to support those affected by autism in Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties.

Raising Neurotypical Children with Siblings with a Disability


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Raising Neurotypical Children with Siblings with a Disability

Thursday, August 4   |   7:00-8:00 PM   |   WEBINAR

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Search online for articles about Autism, and parents will discover endless choices. Published data about the demographics of disabilities (age, income, race, adult incidence, etc.) could fill a large notebook. However, there is little known about the effect of a brother or sister with a disability on a neurotypical sibling.

All siblings of children with disabilities have to find a way to cope, and there is no one right way to do it. Sometimes it can lead to negative consequences, like feeling isolated or a need to be perfect in order to make up for the sibling’s challenges. But there are also positive consequences that have been documented such as an increased capacity for empathy, greater tolerance for individual differences and resiliency (Braaten, 2022).

Join Natalie Hale, author of the book, Oh, Brother! Growing Up With A Special Needs Sibling, and the Autism Society of Greater Akron for a presentation and Q&A about the joys and challenges of raising neurotypical children with a sibling with disabilities.

Parents, guardians and caregivers who attend this webinar can expect to:

• Discuss the ups and downs of raising differently-abled children
• Learn strategies to manage the various types of situations with their differently-abled children
• Recognize that, as parents, they are not alone—other families live with siblings who have different abilities


Natalie Hale is an award-winning author, innovative educator, parent of an adult son with Down syndrome, and for over 30 years, a national and international speaker on the topic of teaching reading to learners with Down syndrome, autism, and other delays.

She is the author of several books, including “Oh, Brother! Growing Up With A Special Needs Sibling,” published by the American Psychological Association.

Natalie currently lives in Los Angeles. She continues to teach parents and educators across the country and across borders (Bulgaria, India, and Canada so far) through her workshops.


The webinar is free, but registration is required. You will receive an email confirmation with a zoom link for the meeting after you have registered.


If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Wendy Cline, LSW and ASGA Support Specialist via email here or via phone at 330.940.1441 ext 1.


Braaten, E. (2022). Growing up with a sibling with a disability. The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds. https://www.mghclaycenter.org/parenting-concerns/growing-up-with-a-sibling-with-a-disability/

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Event Details

Event Start Date 08-04-2022 7:00 pm
Event End Date 08-04-2022 8:00 pm