Monday, September 26, 2011

About the Leader Running in Trinity-Spadina

Born a blind, Pakistani, albino to immigrants parents on welfare; Danish Ahmed has beaten all the odds. He has been involved in countless model parliaments and special programs like Forum for Young Canadians, Presidential Classroom, the Future World Leaders Summit, and the Inauguration of then U.S. President, Bill Clinton. He’s founded a dot-com, wrote a best-selling book, is a keynote speaker, and is a respected icon in the personal development industry.

The Party for People with Special Needs was established in 2007 and ran in the provincial election. While not elected, the party still helped families with disabilities receive over $2.4 million from the government. Danish Ahmed has several family members with disabilities, and his family has already been noted in the press as causing certain laws to change for people with disabilities. He is a social media expert, and his “Love Movie” has been seen by over a million people.

Our Leadership Values

Overcoming Adversity
The ability to deal with whatever happens.

Working Outside the Box
Knowing that anything is possible.

Diversity of Experience
Being able to relate with all people on all levels.

Following through on projects, promises, and passions.

Understanding the purpose of our humanity.

Vision & Hope
Exercising the human spirit to manifest
a world that works for everyone.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Did you know that in Canada 77% of adults with a disability live in Poverty?

In Canada adults with a disability who are unable to work because of a disability are entitled to receive financial assistance from their provincial government. The maximum monthly benefit an individual living away from the family home is entitled to receive, is well below the national poverty line. In addition people with a disability in receipt of social benefits may not have liquid assets in excess of $2,500 or up to $5,000 depending on their provincial regulations. Any income is clawed back and assets in excess their governments asset limit will result in a loss of their disability benefits until they are spent down to the asset limit.

Individuals who receive disability benefits live a precarious existence. Many spend 60% or more of their monthly benefit cheque on rental accommodation alone and they are forced to use the food bank to supplement their daily diet. With paying rent, transportation, telephone and cable TV there is little left over for food, clothes, household items and bedding. Living on a disability benefit is not the lap of luxury, it’s barely an existence and still they get by. A future like this is not the kind of future parents would want for their child with a disability.

Well what can you do about it? You can wait and watch what happens, you can sit and wonder what will happen, or you can make things happen, it’s up to you.

Proper planning for the future financial security of your child with a disability is essential. At the same time there is a concern that any planning should not jeopardize their government disability benefits. Under these circumstances parents must make proper plans in the event of their death for several reasons:

* There must be adequate plans to protect their estate assets from being used to pay for services provided by the province.
* There must be full consideration for the future lifestyle of their child with a disability.
* There must be full consideration for their child’s brothers and sisters or their inheritance may be subsequently affected by the needs of their sibling with a disability.

Most parents believe in treating all their children equally, but this may not be the case for a child who is receiving government disability benefits. Many government programs will be reduced or discontinued if the child has assets in excess of the minimum asset limit. Parents are faced with the dilemma of maintaining government benefits while respecting the legislation and treating all their children equally. There are alternatives that can provide some security while protecting their child’s entitlement to disability benefits and other government services.

An Absolute Discretionary trust. In an absolute discretionary trust the assets and the income are not considered a liquid asset of the trust beneficiary. The funds in the trust will be spent for the benefit of the trust beneficiary at the absolute and unfettered discretion of the trustees. This protects the property in the trust from government benefits, because the beneficiary of the trust is deemed to not own the assets. On the death of the beneficiary any assets remaining in the trust can be distributed to the beneficiary’s siblings or their grandchildren or donated to a charity as a future gift.

A Living Legacy Another alternative is the use of a Life TRUST life insurance policy. This plan will pay a lifetime income into an Absolute Discretionary trust for a child with a disability without incurring estate costs and probate fees or reducing the inheritance of the child’s brothers and sister’s. The attraction of this type of plan is that the family can provide a lifetime income for their child without affecting the inheritance of their child’s brothers and sisters. For one parent families or families with limited estate assets this is an affordable alternative that will provide their child with an enhanced lifestyle after they’ve gone.

If people with a disability are to have the financial means to command a lifestyle above the poverty line its essential that families prepare a comprehensive plan for their child with a disability.

Will your child have the resources to purchase recreational equipment, tickets to the theatre and cultural events, new clothes, vacations, pizza nights with friends and the plans to make that happen? Or will your child eke out a living on government benefits? it’s up to you. You can make it happen.

John Dowson Executive Director Life Trust Planning.

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Ultimate Youth Source to Change the World

This may be for Ontario, but the entire world needs to see this.

Hi there everyone!!

It’s funny how things happen.  When Student Vote 2011 originally asked me to answer ten questions from the student body, I had no idea what a string of serendipitous events would come together, and have us produce this masterpiece!

It’s an incredible resource.  With music, video clips, movie excerpts, relevant quotes, and links to cool sites that most people have never heard about!

It’s a phenomenal curriculum of ideas, possibilities, and specific routes of action, that show each person how they can make their contribution in transforming our world.

Visit and share:

I am proud of this creation.  We don’t know what’s in us, until we take the time to listen, and allow the universe to channel through us, the co-creative process of fulfilling our destiny.

Here are some highlights of our site:

- Music from Black Eyed Peas, Paul Hoffman, and Garret LoPorto.

- Feature-length movies like “Oh Canada: Our Bought & Sold Out Land”, “Into the Fire” and “Money As Debt”

- Viral Videos like “The Story of Stuff”, “The Story of Cap & Trade” and the special “Pay It Forward” extended trailer

- Discover how to get a FREE Life Coach

- Download of the Scholarship Training Guide & the Youth Entrepreneurship Info-Guide

- Travel the world through Youth Exchange Programs

- Get access to Accelerated Learning technologies

- Find dozens of other links most people don’t know about

- More resources are added all the time!

Visit and share:

Let’s love the world together...

[)anish /|hmed, blind visionary

P.S. Like Barack Obama's success was largely due to the grass-roots social media movement, you too have the power to make a substantial difference, right at your fingertips! How about sharing this with your parents or other relatives? Share this with your past teachers. Forward it to your friends.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Watch Our Party Videos!!

Hi there everyone!!

I was asked to create 90-second video responses to questions by students across Ontario on subjects of energy, employment, taxes, the economy, the medical system, education, and politics!

Check all videos out here:

The front page is my open letter to everyone.  You can use the navigation on the right to watch the videos of your choice.

Each video further contains the text, and additional information/resources about that particular topic.  Some topics include short videos or feature-length movies.  It’s a great self-contained curriculum to inspire local transformation and global shifts in consciousness.

Some people say, “I can’t vote.”  You don’t need to.  Sharing possibilities is the biggest vote of all.

Some people say, “You can’t win.”  I don’t need to.  Inspiring others is the biggest win of all.

Anything is possible, but what about the vision of using viral (the power of sharing through social media), to significantly change the political landscape?

We don’t need a political structure to shift mass consciousness.  We only need a willing spirit.

Share the videos here:

Share this on your Facebook Wall
Share this with your E-Mail Contacts
Tweet this on Twitter
Thumbs Up or Review on StumbleUpon
More Destinations...

Let’s love the world together...

[)anish /|hmed, blind visionary

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

2011 Ontario Provincial Elections

Hey there everyone!!

There are many different platforms that we can leverage to get exposure, shift consciousness, and ultimately transform the world.

Much of society is still fixated on the win/lose paradigm that has most people stay in competition.

Having a conversation, creating a new possibility, and inspiring another person is at the heart of true activism and spiritual co-creation.

Even a conversation like I’m having with you now.

I’m officially registered as the Leader for the Party for People with Special Needs in Ontario, Canada -- but it really doesn’t matter where you live.

Today, you can vote with your mouse by sharing our message through your social networks.  Use the Facebook, Twitter, or StumbleUpon icons at the top left of this web page.

We’ve already helped families with disabilities receive over $2.4 million!  Imagine what a difference that makes for people who are the most disadvantaged.

You can also support us by making a donation on the site, or becoming a member of That Free Thing (revenues from that position are used by PPSN for operations and outreach).  You can also setup your own non-profit or charity to be the beneficiary of a TFT position, building awareness as it builds income for your cause/mission.

Let’s love the world together...

[)anish /|hmed, blind visionary
The Party for People with Special Needs
Where all people are part of our community.

P.S. I’ll speaking Las Vegas at the official launch of That Free Thing, and will be out-of-town during my birthday.  If you’re near Las Vegas, come party with me.  Or check here for the details about the party in Toronto: