Sixty-eight disabled people have participated in the Enabling Good Lives Waikato demonstration, as at the end its first quarter.
Some of these participants did not require any financial support, but did need information and assistance with making community connections.
Other participants wanted to access funding that they could use more flexibly.
To date, the biggest group of participants are those who want to increase individual choice in all aspects of their lives. This includes decisions about where they live, who they live with and what they do during the day. This can involve building on Choices in Community Living.
A common theme among participants is that before the demonstration, they did not know what entitlements and supports were available to them. Some stated that unless you knew the right questions to ask, you did not get the supports needed. Others have said that previously there was no single place to get information about what was available to them – and they see the ability to provide this as the biggest benefit of the Enabling Good Lives demonstration.