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Michael Plansky

Michael Plansky

Dracut, Massachusetts

A successful college basketball coach. Founder and President of You’re With Us! a non-profit organization that seeks to create better communities by harnessing the benefits of inclusion for the disabled.

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After a successful coaching career Michael Plansky left coaching to take care of his son with cerebral palsy. What he created was not only a non-profit organization, but an inclusion model that changed the disability space.

You’re With Us! is a non-profit organization with service providers that creates inclusion opportunities for young adults with disabilities. The program identifies and trains college clubs, groups, and teams to welcome individuals with disabilities into their groups as they are.
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Success! Hey Max...You’re With Us! sold 13 pre-orders by May 1, 2020, was pitched to 7 publishers, and is in discussions with publishers.

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$45 Free Throw

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- 2 printed copies, one for you and one for your partner/friend.
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$150 Three Pointer

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You will get:
- 5 printed copies (autographed for those located in Massachusetts)
- 5 free eBooks
- Invitation to the book launch party in 2021
- Access to private Facebook group Q&A with Michael Plansky regarding the book “Hey Max!... You’re with us”
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$250 Slam Dunk

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You will get:
- 10 printed copies (autographed for those located in Massachusetts)
- 10 free eBooks
- Invitation to the book launch party in 2021
- Access to private Facebook group
- I’ll introduce you to the concepts behind the book in a 30 minute webinar, via Zoom, covering topics such as social inclusion, sense of belonging, and benefits of creating community (up to 5-10 people).
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$550 Post Season Championship

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You will get:
- 25 printed copies (autographed for those located in Massachusetts)
- 25 free eBooks
- Invitation to the book launch party in 2021
- Access to private Facebook group
- 1h Private Live Youtube introducing to your school the concepts behind the book story and speaking about how to create a global community to overcome the current coronavirus pandemic.
- Once the pandemic is lifted: 1 hour workshop introducing you the concepts behind the book story (up to 100 people or the capacity of the venue of the school)
- Your name or company name mentioned in the book’s acknowledgements
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$1000 Regular Season Championship

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This is a great bonus for local high schools, high school leagues and colleges who can make an impact in their community. You’ll get:
- 50 printed copies autographed
- 50 free eBooks
- Invitation to the book launch party in 2021
- Access to private Facebook group
- 1h Private Live Youtube everyday for one week introducing to your school the concepts behind the book story, speaking about how to create a global community and daily activities to overcome the current coronavirus pandemic.
- Once the pandemic is lifted: a half day workshop with Michael Plansky (up to the capacity of the venue)
- Book signing table with author’s name
- Your company name mentioned in the book’s as a sponsor
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Hey Max...You’re With Us!

A Sense of Belonging

Social inclusion is a basic human need and Michael Plansky makes sure to tell his son’s story through this book to raise inclusion for young adults with disabilities.

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Synopsis

January 3, 2000 Michael was readying his team for practice. Minutes before they were to start, he found out his son Max had been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Max was nine months old and Michael was five months into his head coaching career. Standing before a group of fit and able-bodied young men, he started his usual practice warm-up address. But that day was different... As he began, he informed his team of Max’s diagnosis. And Michael began to cry. Many players began to tear up with him.

Max became an inspiration to Michael’s team for the next six years. The players viewed Max as their teammate. When Michael left coaching – and for the eight years that followed –Max had no opportunities to be included in groups of able-bodied people. He withdrew and his physical condition worsened. That changed in 2013 when Max was welcomed onto the Northeastern University’s men’s basketball team. A new group of players welcomed him as their teammate. Michael had his son back. His life changed – and so did theirs.

Social isolation affects all mentally and physically in a negative way. Social connections are a basic human need. All wellness plans include having positive physical social connections in their best practices. How do young adults with disabilities become socially connected with typical peers?

This book is the story of Michael and Max, but there are thousands of stories to be told to boost the importance of social inclusion and social connections.

Why support this book?

  • Forward by Steve Gross, Head Playmaker for Life is Good Playmakers.
  • You’re With Us! Is currently on 20+ college campuses engaging over 2500 college students in social inclusion for Young Adults with Disabilities.
  • We can engage students on our college campuses to promote the book and share with their social networks.

Similar titles

  • "No Such Thing as Can’t: A triumphant Story of Faith and Perseverance" by Lisa Sexton and Tyler Sexton, MD. Published by Focus on the Family, 03/2020 - Michael’s book speaks about how social inclusion helps create a full life vs one individual overcoming challenges.
  • "From Longing to Belonging" by Shelly Christensen, Published by Inclusion Innovations, 09/2018 - This book speaks only to inclusion within faith communities vs Michael’s book that speaks about inclusion in all interest groups on college campuses.
  • "Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities: National and International Perspectives" by Arie Rimmerman, Published by Cambridge University Press, 06/2014 - This is more a research book discussing laws supporting individuals with disabilities and philosophical beliefs around why inclusion is important. Michael’s book brings real life stories and programming creating social inclusion opportunities which are sustainable.

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This book seeks to create better communities by harnessing the benefits of inclusion for the disabled. We believe that not only do people with disabilities need inclusion opportunities in order to thrive, but also that these opportunities allow them to contribute to their community in ways that have gone unrecognized in the past. In turn, the new peer group will develop enhanced empathy and understanding of the disabled experience of the world. Ultimately, this is the fundamental principle of developing effective leaders.

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  • Kaitlin Shaw
    on April 7, 2020, 3:54 p.m.

    We are looking forward to learning more in-depth about the journey your family has been on!

  • Larry Kramer
    on April 10, 2020, 2:17 a.m.

    Michael, adding 'author' to Life's bucket list is another milestone. Congrats

  • Frank DiLeo
    on April 11, 2020, 11:41 p.m.

    Hey Max ... you’re with us and I’m with you. Best wishes Max and great job Mike.