My sister has a disability and no one wants to be her friend.

FriendshipQ: My sister has a disability and no one wants to be her friend. It makes me so sad, and I don’t know how to help. What should I do?

A: You and your sister are not alone! Talk to your mom or dad or other trusted adults in your life (like your pastor or Sunday school teacher) about your concerns. Ask them to pray with you and see if they have any ideas for how you can help your sister make new friends. Visit Kids’ Corner and encourage your friends to visit, too. You will find tips to help your friends feel more comfortable around your sister. Kids are often afraid to approach others who are affected by disability because they don’t know what to say, or want to ask about a wheelchair or other assistive technology but don’t want to be rude. Join us on our Friendship Adventure to learn how to be a better friend to someone with a disability. It would take a lot of courage, but maybe your sister could do something like Mattie and ask her Sunday school teacher to help her teach others about her disability, helping them to feel at ease with her—seeing her as just another kid! We’d love to have your family join us at a Joni and Friends Family Retreat! You and your sister will meet other families affected by disability and begin friendships that may last a lifetime! And we’d like to let you know about the Sibling Support Project, helping out kids whose brothers and sisters have disabilities. You can even join in one of their SibShops, where you will meet and have fun with other siblings of children with special needs!