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Bridges4Kids Book Review: Safe and Secure: Six Steps to Creating a Good Life for People with Disabilities

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Title: Safe and Secure: Six Steps to Creating a Good Life for People with Disabilities (Revised Edition, 2004)

Author: Al Etmanski with Jack Collins and Vickie Cammack

Reviewed By: Jackie D. Igafo-Te'o
Review Date: October 25, 2006

Price: $15.00 Canadian

ISBN: 0-9730383-06

Description: Safe and Secure offers clear, practical guidance for planning for the future. It provides information relevant to families within the framework of policy, regulations and practice in British Columbia. Safe and Secure includes specific information on BC Benefits and other government benefit entitlements, alternatives to adult guardianship, financial planning, Will and estate planning, discretionary trusts, home ownership and establishing a network of friends. For families living in British Columbia, there is no better source for information to help you plan for the future of your relative with a disability.

Jackie's Review: The authors of Safe and Secure: Six Steps to Creating a Good Life for People with Disabilities went to great lengths to make sure that parents are fully informed of the options and many steps involved in planning for the future of a loved one with disabilities.  The passion and dedication contained between the covers of this book come through without question.  I found Safe and Secure to be a welcome, enlightening addition to my library of resources on special needs future planning.  The use of easy-to-understand language made this a pleasant read.  Readers will find common sense explanations to some very intense topics.  Most chapters are followed by useful worksheets which walk readers through the concepts presented in each section.  While portions of the book are geared toward those who reside in British Columbia, the remaining portions of the book contain information that is useful to anyone who is faced with the task of planning for the future of a loved one.  I would recommend this book to anyone who is embarking upon the future planning process.

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