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Plan Institute Newsletter - March 2017

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter!
We are grateful for your interest in our organization and for your continued support for our work to better the lives of those with disabilities, through policy reform and community initiatives.

If you would like to get involved or find out more about our work, please contact us at or go to

Partnering to Spread RDSP Awareness

The Access RDSP partnership is addressing issues of RDSP uptake by providing free support and information to both indigenous and non-indigenous communities throughout BC. Read More.

Qualified Disability Trusts

For those who have used trusts in their wills to leave an inheritance for their loved ones with disabilities, the new rules around Qualified Disability Trusts may affect your estate planning. Read more.

Working with the Korean Community

Here and Now Community Society and Plan Institute worked together to bring the popular disability planning guide Safe and Secure: Seven Steps on the Path to a Good Life for People with Disabilities to the Korean community. Read more.

Upcoming Events

Here is a snapshot of our upcoming learning opportunities for the Spring. We are always adding new events and dates so be sure to check our website for updates.
May 6
This succession planning workshop will provide your whole family with peace of mind and confidence about planning for the future, allow you to connect with other families, and build a succession plan of your own.
Apr 17 - May 28
This online course, designed for individuals working with or living with people who are socially isolated, will help you to develop meaningful relationships and stay connected to your community. 
Apr 6, May 4, Jun 1
Learn how to arrange your estate, prepare a will, and set up a trust for your loved one with a disability. This workshop is hosted in a small group and there's plenty of time to ask questions.
Starts March 15
This three-part series facilitated by Al Etmanski is designed to help families work through their current advocacy challenges using Relationship Based Advocacy.
Mar 30, Apr 19
This FREE workshop provides step-by-step guidance to open and benefit from an Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) even if you have no money to invest. 
Coming this Fall
This special weekend retreat is designed to support and nourish family caregivers with a gentle schedule of activities, as well as alone time for personal reflection and relaxation. 
Learn more
In case you missed it
To celebrate the “impact-ability” of people in the disability movement, Plan Institute co-sponsored a seven part webinar series. Each session was based on a "pattern" from Al’s book IMPACT: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation.

Al and Vickie hosted the series and were joined by seven experienced and inspirational change-makers between October 2016 and February 2017.
Publications available through Plan Institute:
For a complete list of publications, click here.
Plan Institute is a social enterprise that works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by collaborating on community based projects, offering a suite of learning initiatives, and advocating for policy reform.

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