Documentary filmmaker Rachel Feichter has a typically developing 11-year-old and a 7-year-old, Talia, who has special needs as a result of a neurological autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s encephalitis. Feichter discovered that there is a lack of information regarding the full experience of having a sibling with special needs when she searched for information to help her older daughter. She wanted to better understand the needs of her typically developing daughter, as well as help her daughter connect with other siblings with the same struggles, so Feichter began interviewing siblings of individuals with special needs for her in-progress documentary, which has the working title “Not Typical.” While every sibling — and every family — is different, Feichter found some common experiences, many of which my children are having.
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