Plan Lifetime Advocacy Network
PLAN’s mission is to help families secure the future for their relative with a disability and to provide peace of mind.
PLAN’s vision is simple: we want everyone to have access to a good life. Not surprisingly, a good life for people with disabilities is not very different from a good life for anyone else: friends and family who love them, a place of one’s own, financial security, participating in decision making, and the ability to make a contribution to society.
In all of our work, PLAN is guided and inspired by four core principles:
Caring relationships are the key to safety, security and a good life. Cultivating loving networks for individuals with disabilities is the heart of PLAN's work. “I think that 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 founder
Contribution equals citizenship. People with disabilities have important contributions to make to our communities, and PLAN works to ensure the people it serves are recognized for their contributions. “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, Past President
Self-sufficiency makes us more effective. Independence from government funding enables PLAN to advocate on behalf of individuals and 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 founder
Commitment to family direction. PLAN is structured to ensure it 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”—Joan Lawrence