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Providing Services to Enable Good Lives

ABLE COMICS provides a unique opportunity to tell person-centred stories that aligns with a new approach to disability support that is being introduced into New Zealand. Enabling Good Lives (EGL) is based on a series of Principles which are to be evident in the way support occurs. 


Establishing Pathways to EGL 

  • Alignment between needs assessment, funding and goals 

  • Individualised Funding for achievement of a good life

  • Pathway supports Principles of EGL

  • The disabled person’s family and whānau weave these Principles together

Principles of Enabling Good Lives

Self-determination - Disabled people are in control of their lives.

Beginning Early - Invest early in families and whānau to support them; to be aspirational for their disabled child; to build community and natural supports; and to support disabled children to become independent, rather than waiting for a crisis before support is available.

Person-centred - Disabled people have supports that are tailored to their individual needs and goals, and that take a whole life approach rather than being split across programmes.

Ordinary life outcomes - Disabled people are supported to live an everyday life in everyday places; and are regarded as citizens with opportunities for learning, employment, having a home and family, and social participation - like others at similar stages of life.

Mainstream first - Disabled people are supported to access mainstream services before specialist disability services.

Mana enhancing - The abilities and contributions of disabled people and their families are recognised and respected.

Easy to use - Disabled people have supports that are simple to use and flexible.

Relationship building - Supports build and strengthen relationships between disabled people, their whānau and community. 

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