Safe and Secure: Seven Steps on the Path to a Good Life With Disabilities

PLAN Institute

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

Al is an author, advocate, and social entrepreneur. President and co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), he led the successful campaign to establish the world’s first Registered Disability Savings Plan. Al has written two best-selling books: A Good Life and Safe and Secure. He is a founding member of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation’s Social Innovation Generation (SIG)collaboration. Elected as a global Ashoka Fellow in 2003, Al also holds a faculty position at John McKnight’s Asset Based Community Development Institute. He has received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, Simon Fraser University’s Distinguished Leadership Award, the City of Vancouver Civic Merit Award and the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal. 

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PLAN Institute
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Oct 15, 2014
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Family & Relationships / General
Family & Relationships / Learning Disabilities
Social Science / People with Disabilities
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