The ingenuity and creativity of people with disabilities and their families is a force that continues to change the world.

A 7 Part Webinar Series Hosted by
Al Etmanski & Vickie Cammack



Impact is a very popular word today. Change-makers, grassroots activists, politicians, funders and policy makers all seek impact. By impact they mean the ability to change laws and funding priorities as well as to shift attitudes, values and popular beliefs. In other words, change that lasts and makes a big difference.

Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski have spent the last dozen years studying the field of social innovation to learn more about impact. They have discovered that people with disabilities and their families have a distinct talent for achieving impact. They have “impact-ability” because they are continuously inventing and creating their way out of adversity.

Al’s bestselling book, Impact: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation chronicles more than fifty stories of impact. Impact that transforms, that lasts and that disrupts the status quo.

To celebrate the “impact-ability” of people in the disability movement, Plan Institute sponsored a seven part webinar series co-presented with Tamarack Institute. Each session was based on a "pattern" from Al’s book. Al and Vickie hosted the series and were joined by seven experienced and inspirational change-makers between October 2016 and February 2017.

During this incredible learning series, Al and Vickie explored each impact topic in depth and considered how it might shape the community change work of those in attendance.

Each of the 1-hour sessions in the series included:

  • An interview hosted by Al and Vickie, with a person whose work exemplifies important aspects of Impact

  • An exploration of the essential elements of each pattern as it relates to the disability movement

  • An opportunity to reflect on the the patterns and strengthen your effectiveness at advancing positive change in the disability movement as well as in your and your family’s life

  • A chance to talk with Al, Vickie and their guests, and;

  • An invitation to establish your own ‘Book Club’ or learning team with colleagues, neighbours, friends and co-workers to translate your insights into action.

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