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Working with the Korean Community

February 23rd, 2017

By Bosang Lee, Executive Director of Here and Now Community Society I first discovered the book Safe and Secure: Seven Steps on the Path to a Good Life for People with Disabilities in 2012, when I was searching for information and advice about what and how to prepare for my son with autism who was soon to become an adult.…
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Ten Innovations that have Shaped the World of Disability

February 22nd, 2017

By Al Etmanski In previous posts I have highlighted that social innovation is not an incremental change to the status quo but a substantive, disruptive one. Social innovations improve our ability (whether as individuals, families, networks, communities) to define and solve our challenges, rather than looking for outside help. Important by-products of social innovation should include greater resilience, less vulnerability,…
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What a meeting between a PM and a Prez can teach you about advancing your agenda

February 21st, 2017

By Al Etmanski Especially when you are meeting for the first time with people who are distracted by their own priorities and indifferent to yours. Whose worldview appears different than yours. Whose behaviour you may abhor. Who have considerably more power than you do. Who have the potential to cause harm to your membership or constituency. And who you want…
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Tough Love

February 10th, 2017

Posted by on Here’s a little Valentine’s essay for all the caring change-makers out there, especially those whose efforts are ignored or misunderstood. Marrying love with justice isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes an open heart to fall in love with the mystery and brokenness of your challenges and to make, as the…
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Access RDSP Partnership

February 6th, 2017

Since September 2016, DABC, Plan Institute and the BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) have been helping clients to access the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) and the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) through our Access RDSP program. Our free support includes: RDSP information sessions One-to-one support with the DTC A toll-free RDSP & disability planning hotline RDSP navigation for…
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Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

February 1st, 2017

By Al Etmanski
The family arm of the disability movement that I belong to seems to be getting older. The average age of the people at the meetings or conferences I attend is getting higher. There is a certain nostalgia in our deliberations. We wonder where the younger parents are? Why they aren’t participating in gatherings the way we once…
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The Math of Advocacy

January 30th, 2017

By Al Etmanski A critical feature of advocacy, whether on behalf of individuals or to advance public policy, is to maintain momentum especially when you have been going uphill far too long. Momentum signals to the folks in the system you are dealing with that you are not going away. It also helps to keep your issue at the top…
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Catherine McGill

January 25th, 2017

Learning Coordinator
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Catherine joined Plan Institute in January, 2017 as Learning Coordinator. Prior to this, Catherine worked for several years in Tanzania on grassroots community development initiatives, and more recently coordinated social innovation research and educational programming at the Centre for Social Impact. Through coordinating the learning portfolio at Plan Institute, Catherine works to support individuals, families, and

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Advocate with Empathy

January 25th, 2017

Impact Ability Part 6 with Donna Thomson – Recap Justice for people with disabilities and their families is not something we can achieve on our own. We must bring a diverse group or people to the table, including government. Advocating with empathy proposes that we stop poisoning the political ecosystem, put aside tactics of blame and criticism and become solution-based…
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The ‘Crown’ of Lobbying

January 18th, 2017

By Al Etmanski People who are members of disability royalty, and that include staff, funders, policy makers as well as individuals, families, and friends, are by definition in it for the long haul. Their lobbying, petitioning and advocacy will continue for a lifetime. Chances are they will be engaged with the same people and the same departments more than once…
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