Who We Are


Personal Lifetime Advocacy Networks of Rhode Island (PLAN RI) is a non-profit organization of families who have relatives with disabilities. We are modeled after the PLAN organization that began in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1990 and won an international award for their social entrepreneurship. The overall purpose of PLAN RI is to answer the haunting question, “What will happen to my loved one with a disability when we are no longer able to provide him with a good life?”

PLAN RI – Building Networks for Life

PLAN RI helps families create a safe and secure future for their loved ones with a disability. Check out our new informational video to learn why and how we do this. And if you know anyone in Rhode Island with a disability, please share this video with them!

Posted by PLAN RI on Friday, May 20, 2016

Our core values help generate a good life

Family leadership: Families who have relatives with disabilities shape and direct the vision for their relatives. Families directly monitor the services provided by PLAN RI. As PLAN RI grows, family members will serve on committees and co-lead workshops developed by PLAN RI. Other families who have relatives with disabilities are the best custodians of our vision for the future of our loved ones with disabilities when their own families are no longer able to provide that support.

Security through relationships: Surrounding our relatives with disabilities with caring, committed friends and families is the foundation of a safe and secure future. Safety is directly related to the number and quality of relationships in one’s life. PLAN RI facilitates the development of relationships between individuals with a disability and the community. Relationships and the checks and balances that they provide offer peace of mind in uncertain times.

Self-sufficiency: The organization’s independence from government funding makes PLAN RI both effective and accountable. It allows PLAN RI to advocate on behalf of families with no fear of reprisal. It allows PLAN RI to speak with a strong and unified voice – the voice of the families. Self-sufficiency demands PLAN RI be directly accountable to the families it serves.

Contribution through citizenship: Citizenship means having both rights and responsibilities. While people with disabilities have been granted their rights, their gifts, capacities, and contributions have often been ignored or denigrated. As a consequence they are often not viewed as full citizens. PLAN RI recognizes that everyone can make a contribution, which our communities need. PLAN RI encourages the people it serves to reciprocate by serving the community.