For the first time in history people with differing abilities are out-living their parents. In the next decade close to 6 million families in North America will be caring for their aging relatives with a disability. Social isolation and loneliness is the biggest challenge experienced by people with disabilities. PLAN works with individuals and their families to reduce this isolation and loneliness by building social networks of support and family-to-family connections.
A Network of Support is a group that offers support and companionship to each other, inclusive of a disabled person. Warm Bear family-to-family connection reaches children and families, providing support, resources and a cuddly bear for the child.
Social networks and connection are for life. The impacts are the feeling of belonging, someone to talk to, shared laughter, activities and life adventures. Strong relationships lead to healthier individuals, families and communities.