Sister-turned-caregiver highlights lack of support for brother with Down Syndrome

February 1st, 2016


Paul Knoll, his sister Helen Ries and her husband, all live together in Ottawa. Paul has Down Syndrome, and last year, after their mother died, it changed their lives completely. ​Over the past year, Helen has stepped into the role of being Paul’s caregiver.  And it’s been quite a year. In fact, when she went to blog about the past…
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Launch Party for Kudoz, a new kind of social startup

January 22nd, 2016


Join our friends at Kudoz for their launch party! See details below. Dear Friends and Colleagues, Kudoz is the first of it’s kind. Join us for a special launch party of a new kind of social startup and celebration of a year of learning and splendid experiences ahead. What: Resolutionary: Kudoz Launch Party When: Friday, January 29, 2016, 7:30pm-9:30pm Where:
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Economic Citizenship – Setting the post-RDSP agenda

December 18th, 2015

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The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) enables Canadians with disabilities to do something most of us take for granted, save money. Already the accumulated amount in registered plans across Canada exceeds $2 billion. By itself, this is not enough to reduce one of the biggest handicaps experienced by people with disabilities, poverty. However, the RDSP sets three precedents, which might…
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Families Make Brave Leaders

November 18th, 2015


I found out on Facebook. It was a photo of my friends from PLAN in the halls of provincial parliament that made me pause. And then I read the news – BC people receiving disability pension benefits would now be able to have personal assets of up to $100,000. I wept. I wept because if BC can do it, so…
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Beyond Welfare

November 14th, 2015


By Ted Kuntz Ted Kuntz, left, and his son Josh   The limitations of the provincial disability benefits program was made clear to me a number of years ago when I was searching for a way to help my son Josh control his seizure disorder. The Doctors had exhausted all standard medications and suggested an experimental drug not covered by…
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Thank You Minister Stilwell

November 14th, 2015


By Kathy Bromley From right to left: Kathy Bromley, Minister Michelle Stilwell, Ted Kuntz As parents we have done everything we can to help our children plan financially for the future. When our son started earning money we set him up with a financial planner to help him save for things that mattered in his life. Things like travel, a…
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B.C. Eases Disability Assistance Income Restrictions

November 10th, 2015


By Lindsay Kines at The Times Colonist A few years ago, Ted Kuntz was searching for ways to help his adult son control a seizure disorder. Josh, who is 31 and requires 24-hour care, had exhausted all standard medications and doctors were suggesting an experimental drug for $300 a month. His parents were happy to foot the bill, but knew…
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PLAN Families Realise Major Shift in BC’s Disability Benefits Model

November 6th, 2015


In March 2014 a number of PLAN families met with the Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation. The purpose of the meeting was to share our desires and dreams. Specifically we encouraged the provincial government of British Columbia to adopt a new framework for supporting our family members with a disability. The new framework includes: focusing on what people…
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June 16th, 2015

We are looking for Community Connectors – personal network facilitators who connect people with one another. If you are a natural connector of people, we would like to hear from you!
The successful candidate will work alongside an energetic, friendly, athletic young man who is deaf, and who lives in Vancouver. He is passionate about sports, meeting new people and
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PLAN BC partners with BMO on distribution of disability resource written by Order of Canada Recipient

April 10th, 2015

Vancouver, B.C. – British Columbians who have a family member with a disability can now acquire a free copy of Safe and Secure at BMO branches across B.C. The publication offers helpful information related to disability benefits, taxation, Representation Agreements, Wills, trusts and estate planning. The 2015 Safe and Secure Extended RDSP Edition also comes with a whole new chapter…
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