Welcome to my author website! I hope you’ll become a regular visitor as we add new features—such as my blog and other resources for families with children with disabilities—in the coming weeks and months.
The Long Road to Happy: A Sister’s Struggle Through Her Brother’s Disabilities is my first book. It is a true and rarely told story. We don’t talk much about the realities of disability in this country. We talk even less about how it impacts families and siblings.
The Long Road to Happy is my story about what I learned from growing up with a brother with disabilities and eventually, upon the passing of my mother, becoming both his guardian and champion. I hope it will add to the national conversation as we work to make this a more welcoming place.
Author Launches Group for Adult Siblings of Those with Special Needs
TULSA, OK — Local author Diane Morrow-Kondos announced Friday that she has launched a support group for adult siblings of people with special needs for the greater Tulsa area.
“The sibling relationship will often be the longest relationship a person with special needs will have,” said Morrow-Kondos, “yet siblings often assume responsibility for a brother or sister with little guidance after the parents have passed. Whether you are your sibling’s guardian or simply involved in their life, it can be a challenging role, one that I believe can benefit from having outside support, as with any caregiving role.”
Morrow-Kondos made the announcement Friday on KTUL-Tulsa.
“Our first meeting is Monday, March 9, and anyone with a sibling with special needs is welcome to attend,” Morrow-Kondos said.
Morrow-Kondos is the author of the book The Long Road to Happy—A Sister’s Struggle Through Her Brother’s Disabilities, coming Summer 2020 from The RoadRunner Press. The book chronicles her experience growing up with her brother David, who has intellectual disabilities, and becoming his guardian, coming Summer 2020 from The RoadRunner Press.
To watch her segment on KTUL, click HERE.
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Adult Siblings of People with Special Needs will hold its first meeting Monday, March 9, at 6 p.m. at Schusterman Benson Library, 3333 E. 32nd Place, in Tulsa. This meeting is open to adult siblings of people with special needs. Email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.