What is Enabling Good Lives?
In 2011, members of the disability community developed the Enabling Good Lives (EGL) approach with the intent of increasing choice and control for disabled people and their families.
The EGL approach is a foundation and framework to guide positive change for disabled people, families, communities and governance structures. The EGL approach has eight core principles, a vision and key components to guide positive change.
The vision and eight principles are based on respect towards disabled people and their families culminating in trusting disabled people and their families to be decision-makers in their own lives and to govern the resources used for their support. EGL holds that disabled people and families can bring about positive change when they have: control over resources (e.g. personal budgets with options of how these are managed), access to an independent ally, access to resources to build regional and national leadership and investment in disabled people, families and their communities.
Page Overview: About Enabling Good Lives. Enabling Good Lives (EGL) is a new approach to supporting disabled people that offers greater choice and control over the supports they receive, so that they can plan for the lives they want.
Enabling Good Lives Approach
Through Enabling Good Lives, disabled people and their whanau can choose to increase the choice and control they have in their lives and supports
In the future, disabled people and their families will have greater choice and control over their lives and supports, and make more use of natural and universally available supports.
Achieving our future vision for disability supports is complex and will take time. There will be many details to work through. A principles-based approach will ensure we stay on track to progress the vision. We will use the principles in the Enabling Good Lives report to help guide decisions on the changes.
The EGL approach has a number of connected elements
EGL is about making it easier for disabled people and their families to create good lives for themselves.
EGL is built on a number of core ideas.
Enabling Good Lives Teams
The Enabling Good Lives team includes disabled people, family members and other disability sector leaders from around the country.
National Leadership Team
Meet your National Leadership Team.
Waikato Leadership Group
Meet the Waikato Leadership Group
EGL NZSL Videos
Watch in New Zealand Sign Language the key messages about Enabling Good Lives
The Enabling Good Lives demonstration in Christchurch will offer groups of disabled people access to flexible funding pooled by the Ministries of Education, Health and Social Development.
Link to a self review tool that will help organisations understand their strengths, what they can further develop and the "tools" that will make this easier
Enabling Good Lives Context
The Ministry of Health has developed a New Model for Supporting Disabled People to increase disabled people’s choice and control over the supports they receive and the ability to live the lives they want. Unlike Enabling Good Lives, it only involves the Ministry of Health’s parts of the disability support system.
Enabling Good Lives is a partnership between the disability sector and government agencies aimed at long term transformation of how disabled people and families are supported to live everyday lives.
1. How Enabling Good Lives started - the August 2011 report
The beginning in Christchurch - The Canterbury Plan (June 2012)
Ministerial Committee agreement to vision and principles for long-term change - September 2012
The beginning in the Waikato - EGL Waikato Initial Report (August 2012)
Demonstrations of the Enabling Good Lives approach in Christchurch and the Waikato Cabinet paper December 2014