Become a Board Member
The Ohio SIBS Board of Directors has an active role in the activities of Ohio SIBS. Board members oversee the operations and programs, serve on a committee or work group, and share ideas to promote the mission of Ohio SIBS. If you are interested in becoming a Board Member or have questions, contact our Executive Director, Bobbi Montenegro, at RMontenegro@ohiosibs.org.
Get Involved in Research about Siblings
Ohio SIBS is a state chapter of the national Sibling Leadership Network (SLN). You may read research and policy statements about siblings of people with IDD on the SLN’s website under the Research tab.
Sibling Leadership Network
You may also participate in research projects about people with IDD and their siblings. The following list includes the research projects that are currently available.
Resources for Researchers
If you are a researcher interested in recruiting participants who are adults with IDD and/or their siblings, please complete the following Research Recruitment Proposal Form and email it to Sarah Hall at SHall@ohiosibs.org. The research project must be approved by your Institutional Review Board. Ohio SIBS will share approved research projects through our listserv, Facebook page, and website.
Connect with Siblings in Ohio
Ohio SIBS supports ways for siblings of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to connect with each other at the annual Ohio Adult Sibling Conference and through local sibling groups. These are great opportunities to get information and resources as well as connect with other siblings.
Attend the Ohio Adult Sibling Conference
The Ohio Adult Sibling Conference brings together siblings from Ohio and beyond to learn about topics relevant to people with IDD and their siblings from state and national presenters. Siblings also enjoy networking and sharing their personal stories. See details for this year’s conference and register here. (link to our conference page)
Get Involved in Local Sibling Groups
Ohio SIBS is working to establish and support local sibling groups throughout Ohio. Each group has volunteer facilitators to help organize the meetings. The meetings will generally include information relevant to siblings of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and an opportunity to socialize, but are tailored to the desires and needs of the group. If you are interested in joining a local sibling group, becoming a facilitator, or learning more, contact Deb Plaza Moore at DMoore@ohiosibs.org.
Join a Work Group
The Work Groups were formed to support the four cornerstones of the Ohio SIBS Strategic Plan: financial stability, leadership development, clarity of direction, and visibility. The Strategic Plan provides clear steps to continually grow and support the mission of Ohio SIBS. If you are interested in joining a work group or have questions about them, contact our Executive Director, Bobbi Montenegro, at RMontenegro@ohiosibs.org.
Ohio SIBS Strategic Plan
Financial Stability Work Group
The goal of the Financial Stability Work Group is to increase annual revenue and diversify sources. This can be accomplished through sustained support for the Executive Director position, funding for basic operational needs, and support for the organization marketing plan.
Leadership Development Work Group
The goal of the Leadership Development Work Group is to increase board competence and effectiveness. This can be accomplished through sustained quality leadership, internal resources able to respond to operational challenges, support for the organization and its mission, and growth of the organization.
Clarity of Direction Work Group
The goal of the Clarity of Direction Work Group is to articulate direction and priorities. This may be accomplished when the Executive Director and Board of Directors understand current organizational focus (what it can and cannot do) and through support for content of the marketing plan.
Visibility Work Group
The goal of the Visibility Work Group is to enhance disability community awareness of organization. This may be accomplished through connecting to potential constituents and increasing recognition and credibility.