Safe and Secure

Seven Steps on the Path to a Good Life for People with Disabilities

“The most important consideration for all of us is not how long we will live but how well we will live our life”
Al Etmanski, Co-Founder of PLAN

About the book

Safe and Secure: Seven Steps on the Path to a Good Life for People with Disabilities is an inspirational guidebook for parents and other family members who are concerned about the future of their relative with a disability, particularly after the parents are gone.

Any parent who has a child with a disability will find their story in the book, plus advice and tips appropriate to their child’s age and circumstance.

The book offers a step by step guide to creating a plan for the future which provides for the safety, security and well being of people with disabilities. It leads the reader to look beyond professional social services when creating a safe and secure future. It offers alternatives based on the authors’ personal experiences as parents of children with disabilities. The book is designed to inspire families and motive them to action. The book is resplendent with warm touching stories to illustrate all points. The style is easy to read, thought provoking and funny. At times spiritual, at times philosophical, each step offers timely practical suggestions and useful worksheets.

The book also provides information on the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), housing, advocacy and more.

The 2015 Safe and Secure RDSP Edition comes with a whole new chapter on advocating with empathy and additional stories, as well as updated information on the RDSP, housing, government benefits and programs, resources and more.

Author: Al Etmanski with Jack Collins and Vickie Cammack
Additional contributions by Jack Styan and Kathy Bromley.

Safe and Secure is proudly funded by Giving in Action Society, a Vancouver Foundation program.


Safe and Secure is also available in Korean: Click here to order your copy.

To download the worksheets, click here.

Download the e-book now.


Get The Print Edition (SOLD OUT)

*We are hoping to do another print run in 2017. If you would like to be notified please email

  • order online (Shipping charges apply)
  • pick up at a BMO Branch in BC (please note that stock is very low across all BMO locations. Please call ahead to ensure that your local BMO branch has copies available)


On an iPad, iPhone, Android tablet, or Android phone?

Download for eBook readers!

*This book is distributed free of charge. Rather than share the digital file, please download your copy directly so we may track the number of readers. – Thank you!

How to use this book:

There are many apps and programs available for reading EPub files. Here is a list of some that are available


Readium: we recommend using this reader which is a Chrome browser extension
EPUBReader: a Firefox extension
– Nook for Mac


– EPUB files can be opened with various free programs on a PC, including CalibreAdobe Digital EditionsStanza DesktopMobipocket Reader DesktopOkularSumatra PDF, and many more.

– Kobo
– iBooks


– Google Play Books