We have been a part of this demonstration from the onset. We acknowledge the Enabling Good Lives Principles and aim to uphold these with the young people that access our services.
The principles are:
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. (Comment: We maintain our focus on mainstream first with our people spending most of their time in the community. We do not accept that Specialist disability services are a non-mainstream option).
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.