The Chris Ruth Centre

Empowering Persons

Enabling Good Lives

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. (We maintain our focus on Mainstream First, with our people spending most of their time in the community)

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 are flexible.

Relationship Building

Supports build and strengthen relationships between disabled people, their whānau and the community.