Who is PLAN?

We are families who want the best for our children with disabilities

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) is family-led non-profit organization dedicated to building inclusive communities for all citizens.

We were founded in 1989 by parents who wanted to ensure their children could live a good life and contribute to their communities.

While our founders were initially focused on their children with disabilities, the five components we use to define a good life are universal – loving friends and family, a home of one’s own, financial security, participating in decision making and the ability to contribute their unique gifts.

Like our founders, PLAN families are focussed on the best way to support sons and daughters who have disabilities.  These courageous parents acknowledge that one day they will need to pass on their responsibilities to someone else. The question was, “Who?”

For those who have a child or a relative with a disability this question – “Who will take care of our children when we are gone?” is real and pressing. The families who founded PLAN searched and discovered solutions to securing the future for loved ones with disabilities.

Over time, the question changed from an ‘after-we’re-gone’ focus and recognized that planning for the future changes the present. PLAN has evolved to find the many answers to: What does a good life look like for our relatives with disabilities?

Together with families and people with disabilities, we answer these questions by:

  • building personal support networks that empower contribution and citizenship
  • implementing plans to ensure loved ones with disabilities are safe and secure for their lifetime
  • bringing together a network of families to provide mutual support and learning opportunities

If you’ve been thinking about your family’s future we invite you to get in touch to discuss how PLAN can help.  You can also learn more about two of the ways we partner with families: Lifetime Membership & Friends of PLAN.