Parent concerns for disabled children drive PhD

Most parents want their children to outlive them. Hoping your child dies before you is a strong sign of how distraught some parents feel, as the University of Auckland graduate Hemant Thakkar found out during the research for his PhD.His thesis confronts the concerns of the parents of disabled adults about what will happen to their children when they die and he hopes his research will play a role in improving outcomes for people in this situation.
The North Shore resident was born and bred in Mumbai, India, shifting to New Zealand in 2002 to pursue further studies in the field of disability. His thesis: “When I am no longer alive: Understanding what the parents want for the future of their disabled adult children with high and complex needs” examines some of the issues parents of disabled children face in both countries.

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