The Power of Disability: 10 Lessons for Surviving, Thriving, and Changing the World

“This book reminds us of what we have in common: the power to create a good life for ourselves and for others, no matter what the world has in store for us.” ~ Michael J. Fox
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My hope is that after reading this book, you will share it with others.

Together we can remove the barriers that prevent the full power of people with disabilities from flourishing.


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Impact: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation

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Impact beautifully distills the insights and deep wisdom of one of the world’s great social innovators. Etmanski’s book is far more than a practical guide: it’s an invitation to re-imagine possibilities for our lives and for the world we create.” – David Bornstein, author “How To Change The World”

Impact explores the difference between short term success and lasting impact. It’s for those who have wondered why, despite our best efforts, talent and money we have not made as big a dent in our social and environmental challenges as we’d like. As Severin Cullis-Suzuki says in her exquisite Foreword to the book: My question has changed from ‘how can I change the world,’ to ‘why isn’t it working?’

Impact profiles more than 50 Canadians who are achieving lasting social impact, looking past quick wins and surface-level victories, and paying attention to the deeper patterns of change. My hope is that this book will shine a light on the good work Canadians have done, are doing and will do to move the dial, change a paradigm, tip a system and achieve lasting social impact.Impact Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation Image of Book Cover

I hope the book becomes a catalyst for appreciating the talent, ingenuity and creativity we have within our midst. And for unifying our efforts. Long may we run.

Safe and Secure: Expanded RDSP Edition

Seven Steps on the path to a good life for people with disabilities.
Authors: Al Etmanski with Jack Collins and Vickie Cammack Additional contributions by Jack Styan and Kathy Bromley This edition will comes with a whole new chapter on advocating with empathy, additional stories, as well as updated information on the RDSP, housing, government benefits and more…

A Good Life – for you and your loved one with a disability

This is not your typical book about people with disabilities; it is an inspirational guide to rethinking disability and the value of people with disability in a caring society. A Good Life offers a very different perspective about what is truly important when contemplating the future of people with disabilities. This future planning guide includes will and estate planning, supported decision-making, developing a circle of support and alternatives to legal guardianship.