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Qualified Disability Trusts

By Halldor K. Bjarnason & Hiva Parandian The new rules around Qualified Disability Trusts may affect the estate planning of those who have used trusts in their wills to leave inheritance for their loved-ones …

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It’s Good to be Lost

Posted by Al Etmanski on March 2, 2017 One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was to not make any decisions. Not because I didn’t want to but because I didn’t …

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Working with the Korean Community

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, …

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Ten Innovations that have Shaped the World of Disability

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, …

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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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