Our Stories: A protector and supporter of my sibling with special needs

A protector and supporter of my sibling with special needs

Sharon (left) and Priscilla (right) enjoying a peaceful morning on a cruise trip earlier this year.
Sharon trying her hand at Priscilla’s hobby by baking up some fancy French pastries together!

Since her early teens, Sharon took on the role of a sibling caregiver to her sister with special needs, and often struggled between being an authoritative figure and a fun-loving companion. Despite a 10-year age gap with her sister, Priscilla, who was diagnosed with mild intellectual disability since birth, the sibling pair has built a special and strong bond over the years. Watch this video for a peek at how they express their love and support for each other while navigating through life together.

You can’t pick and choose your family, but you can do the best you can to love them and build your lives with them.

Sharon Tay
MINDSibs, Sibling to Priscilla Tay

Sibling caregivers often juggle among family, friends, studies and eventually work. The MINDSibs community allows them a space to connect with like-minded individuals and to seek respite and encouragement.

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NOTICE OF THE 59TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF MINDS: NOTICE is hereby given that the 59th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) will be held by way of electronic means as follows: Date: Saturday , 18 September 2020 Time: 9:30am (Registration starts at 8:30am) Venue: Online via ZOOM MINDS members will be receiving an email on the notice of AGM and are strongly encouraged to register your attendance to facilitate the verification process on the day of the AGM. For enquiries regardingthe AGM, members may email to agm@minds.org.sg or call 849607358