Looking to the future, six in ten sibling caregivers wish they knew more about how to plan for their sibling's care and finances and worry about the cost of caring for their sibling with a disability needs. Few are involved in a support group, although they would like to know more about them.
MassMutual Offers a Solution
With the help of Study sponsor and Easter Seals corporate partner MassMutual, Easter Seals can help these siblings take advantage of the various resources and support groups available to them -- supports that would likely help them better care for their sibling, while juggling their own needs and those of other family members.
MassMutual is committed to serving people living with disabilities through its exclusive SpecialCare(SM) program, an innovative solution that gives families with individuals with special needs access to information, specialists, and financial strategies that can help improve their quality of life.
Easter Seals will use these findings to raise awareness of and advocate for the life-long services and supports families and caregivers desperately need -- working to lessen disparities and bridge the gap for people living with developmental disabilities across the country.
To download the key findings and full report, visit www.easterseals.com. View the infographic at www.facebook.com/easterseals.
Ipsos conducted two polls on behalf of Easter Seals and the study's sponsor, MassMutual Financial Group:
•A national survey among 1,392 adults age 18 and older who have an adult sibling. Ipsos conducted interviews between July 30 and August 1, 2012 via Ipsos' online omnibus. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate would have an estimated margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points 19 times out of 20 of what the results would have been had the entire U.S. population of adults ages 18+ with an adult sibling been polled. •A national survey of 351 adults who have a sibling with a developmental disability, including autism, an intellectual disability or a physical disability. Respondents were drawn from a variety of groups and organizations, including Easter Seals, the Sibling Leadership Network, and the Sibling Support Project. Ipsos conducted interviews between July 26 and September 17, 2012. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate would have an estimated margin of error of +/- 5.2 percentage points. •All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error.
About Easter Seals
Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For more than 90 years, we have been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. Visit www.easterseals.com.
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