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What a meeting between a PM and a Prez can teach you about advancing your agenda

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 …

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Tough Love

Posted by Al Etmanski on February 9, 2017 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 …

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Access RDSP Partnership

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 …

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Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

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 …

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The Math of Advocacy

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 …

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Catherine McGill

Learning Coordinator Contact Catherine 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 …

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Advocate with Empathy

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 …

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The ‘Crown’ of Lobbying

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 …

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Who we Are is as Important as How: IMPACT-Ability with Ted Kuntz

On Tuesday, January 10th, Ted Kuntz, moderator of the Impact-Ability webinar series, joined us this time as a guest. The discussion focused on how improving one’s self can transform our actions and behaviours which in …

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The Splendour and Isolation of Martin Luther King Jr.

I remember the shock of seeing Martin Luther King Jr’s tomb for the first time. I had just emerged from the King Center on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta not too far from where he …

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