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Brothers and Sisters – Postponed

August 9, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

Brother and Sister is postponed until Fall 2022.  We apologize for the change is schedule.  Look back to this space for updates on this session.

SESSION INFO:  Growing up with a brother or sister with a disability involves some very strong feelings. The usual stresses, joys and fears experienced by brothers and sisters can be intensified in families where a son or daughter has a disability. This workshop will focus upon some of the common issues which can arise. Parents will be encouraged to develop strategies for assisting with social situations. Other goals of the workshop are to enable parents to help their “typical” children to see the benefit of having a brother or sister with a disability and to provide parents with ideas and resources for having fun with all their children.


Brenda Buschlen is a parent of a complex kid with non-verbal Autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He received an early diagnosis when he was 2.5 years old and is now living in a supported SNA in a staffed residence. Her experience in learning about ASD and associated disorders like self-injurious behaviour, Tourette’s, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and more has inspired her to share their story to hopefully benefit other families in their good work to support their children to be more confident and effective in communicating and accessing the level of support these children and families both need and deserve.

Kerry Lawson is the proud mother of four children, one who is labeled with a language-based learning disorder and an autism spectrum disorder. Kerry is also the younger sister and best friend to a senior citizen who is labeled with a developmental disability. It is Kerry’s childhood and adult experiences with her sister that led her to become a social worker and focus her entire 35-year career on supporting families of children and adults with labels. Kerry became a resource parent and resource family member with the Family Support Institute of BC (FSI) in 2010. In the final months of her retirement from the government, Kerry accepted a position as Regional Network Coordinator in 2019, returning to her passion for supporting families.Family Support Institute of BC (FSI) is a provincial not-for-profit society committed to supporting families who have a family member with a disability.


Family Support Institute of BC (FSI) is a provincial not-for-profit society committed to supporting families who have a family member with a disability.

FSI is unique in Canada and the only grass roots family to family organization that has a broad volunteer base.




August 9, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
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British Columbia Canada


Brenda Buschlen and Kerry Lawson
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