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Disabled Siblings 1st Sep 2009
After parents die, who takes on the responsibility?

Sibling relationships are often the longest lasting relationships that we experience. They can outlast marriages, survive the death of parents, and overcome quarrels that would sink a friendship. But what happens if your sibling is disabled or suffers from a chronic illness? Whose responsibility is it to look after a disabled sibling when a parent dies? And where can you turn for support? Jane went to visit the parents of Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley and her disabled sister Frances. She is joined in the studio by Jenny Owen, president of ADASS (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) and Monica McCaffrey from the charity Sibs, the UK’s charity for people who grow up with a disabled brother or sister.

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