Document Type

Working Paper

Date of this Version

2020

Advisor

Dr. Olivia Mitchell

Abstract

This paper seeks to explore how families with special-needs children conduct long-term wealth and retirement planning in two different cultures: the United States and Singapore. While previous papers discuss early childhood education for those with special-needs or housing wealth separately in Singapore, there is a gap in addressing the intersectionality of these issues within such families. The main method of research was secondary, understanding various legislative efforts via online resources; when opportunities were possible, primary research was conducted in the form of interviews (some off-the-record) with various stakeholders. Overall, this paper finds that the government in the United States plays a larger role in providing financial flexibility to these families than in Singapore, where long-term solutions are funded privately until no longer feasible.

Keywords

caregivers, disability, intellectual and development disability, healthcare financing, housing, long-term care

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Date Posted:20 September 2020

 

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