ECU PhD candidate seeks adult siblings of people with disabilities for research study

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ADULT siblings of people with disabilities are wanted for a research study.

“We want to know about the relationships between adult siblings when one has an intellectual, cognitive or developmental disability or autism,” ECU PhD Candidate Wendy Simpson said.

Titled ‘Adult siblings of people with disability: Exploring the complex system of relationships that contribute to positive life span outcomes’, the study aims to add to previous research about adult siblings and to benefit families who have a member with a disability.

“My study will consider how disability service providers may be able to assist siblings across their lifespan to cope with some of the challenges,” Mrs Simpson said.

“In the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Australia, the importance of families, friends and natural networks has been recognised.

“The potential for siblings to contribute to the natural support network for their sibling with disability may be enhanced with appropriate early engagement.

“The study will provide an evidence base for the development of early engagement programs aimed at strengthening the sibling relationship to contribute to positive outcomes for all members of the family.”

The online 20-minute survey is open to residents of the Perth metropolitan and Peel region with a sibling with disability who may be living or passed.

Participants can then choose to provide their contact details for a follow-up interview.

Complete the survey at bit.ly/2qHod2j before June 1 or contact Mrs Simpsons on 0403 355 114 or at ecudisabilitystudy@gmail.com to receive a hard copy.

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