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What I’ve Learnt From Having a Sibling With a Disability

Growing up with a sibling who has a disability can be hard and complicated. Its distinctiveness is unclear until you are exposed to other family environments. You don’t realise how unique your experiences are until you have another canvas to compare yours to. This can be especially difficult at an age where you are finding, defining and creating your place in the world, or even when you’re just trying to figure it all out.

My brother has a learning disability. Learning disabilities are neurological differences in an individual’s brain structure that can have an impact on an individual’s daily cognitive, social and intellectual functioning. This makes me a sibling of someone who has a disability.

The conversation about siblings of children who have disabilities is often quiet, if not muted…

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What I’ve Learnt From Having a Sibling With a Disability was written by Sanduni Hewa Katupothage for, our go-to feminist guide for navigating your teenage years.

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