a)plan coaching

Specializes in:

  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Inner Resilience and Strength
  • Inclusion and Accessibility

Debby Kaplan has made transformation a core aspect of life.

After a life-altering spinal cord injury in her early 20’s, she became an early pioneer in the disability rights movement. She uses her background as an attorney, activist, and organizational trailblazer to lead others in their own transformations, taking on challenges and recognizing opportunities.

As the former Executive Director of the World Institute on Disability and senior advisor in the federal government, she has mentored and taught others to identify the values and goals that will lead to their own definition of success. As a long-time resident of two co-housing communities, she also brings a focus on community building and consensus. Her approach to coaching is to help clients find their own wisdom and resilience. She has worked with private clients on disability inclusion and accessibility and has headed technology accessibility initiatives in large enterprises. When not coaching, she works for the City and County of San Francisco, and she lives in a co-housing community in Oakland.

Education & Credentials 


  • B.A., U.C. Santa Cruz
  • J.D., Berkeley Law School
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