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…
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
December 18th, 2015
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 …
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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