Al Etmanski

Al Etmanski is a community organizer, social entrepreneur, and author. He’s been a parent activist in the disability world since his daughter Liz was born. He led the closure of institutions and segregated schools in British Columbia, and founded Canada’s first Family Support Institute. In 1989 he co-founded Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) with his wife Vickie Cammack. While at PLAN he lobbied into existence the world’s first Disability Savings Plan.

Al is a global Ashoka fellow and a member of John McKnight’s Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) network. He has received many awards for his activism including the Order of Canada and the Big Picture award from his peers in the disability movement.

Blogs & Writings

Al Etmanski Books

Al Etmanski Videos

The Power of Disability; Conversation with Al Etmanski, Peter Block & John McKnight

Al Etmanski – Ashoka Canada Fellow

Al Etmanski – Addressing Leaders of L’Arche in Canada