Our expert says:
HimDavid, good to hear from you.
CP Mom's experience of the grant application process should be valuable. But I am certain that the first step HAS to be for him to see a psychologist or psychiatrist for assessment and diagnosis. And, if a grant is to be applied for, some part of the assessment would address his present and future needs, the nature, extent and permanent ( or otherwise ) nature of the disability. A state hospital or major clinic OUGHT to provide access to a shrink for suh an evaluation, and the Dept of Psychiatry at the University / medical school in Durban should also be able to help. If he was able to study heavy-duty subjects like physics or medicine, he must be intelligent and to have been able to concentrate and work hard then. Its a tragedy that he wasn't properly assessed and diagnosed at the time, when he was at university --- the university authorities ought to have done more for him then.
Various forms of mental illness can occur in bright young people at that age, and they usually respond well to proper treatment, so the future could be potentially hopeful, and they shouldn't automatically assume that he will be disabled for life and unable to pursue further studies, etc. But the heart of finding any solution ( and it sounds like anything would be an improvement on the current situation ) would be an appropriate expert assessment and diagnosis.
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