In 2018, Addy and her sister Bella, who has Autism, joined the NWSRA recess games and sports skills program. At the program, Addy was shy, quiet and followed directions, standing by her sister throughout the program. Recognizing that Addy could benefit from being more socially involved, NWSRA staff encouraged Addy to join the Sibshops program. This program invites siblings of individuals with disabilities to connect and recreate within a safe, fun and inviting atmosphere.
At the first Sibshop group, Addy made a friend. The next week they quickly bonded, exchanging screen names on a video game, and laughing together throughout Sibshops activities. Since then, Addy has never missed a program. Due to the opportunity provided, she has developed confidence, independence and a competitive spirit.