PLAN’s mission is to help families and people with disabilities feel confident about the future by making careful plans and fostering supportive relationships to be safe, secure and fully included in the community.
Our vision is simple: we want everybody to have access to a good life . Not surprisingly, a good life for people with disabilities is not very different than for other people. PLAN envisions a future where all people with disabilities:
- Are supported by a network of caring family and friends
- Are recognized for the important contributions they make to society
- Have their wishes respected in the decision making process
- Have a plan to ensure financial security
- Live comfortably in a place of their choosing
In all of our work, PLAN is guided and inspired by four core values:
A network of caring relationships is the key to safety, security and living a good life as part of the community.
I think it was the early experience of networks that demonstrated the importance of relationship and it became clear through that that everything else was possible. PLAN was the first group to make the networks central to their work.
Joan Lawrence, PLAN co-founder
Contribution equals citizenship. People with disabilities have important contributions to make to our communities and should be recognized for them.
My son was an example; he always had the qualities of a small child, in school he was held back. When he became involved with PLAN, he became a real person that allowed him to contribute. His celebration was a tremendous tribute to him and a reflection of PLAN.
Ted Kuntz, Board Chair
Self-sufficiency makes us more effective. Being independent from government program funding gives PLAN the freedom to advocate for families without fear of consequences.
If government gives you money, they have a certain amount of control, and there may be a fear of advocating there. If we earned our own money, we could advocate and hold government accountable.
Arthur Mudry, PLAN co-founder
We are committed to family leadership. PLAN was founded by families, and our structure ensures we will always be directed by, and accountable to, families.
We got involved because we wanted certain things for our sons and daughters after we were gone. What we didn’t realize were the benefits while we were still alive.