EGL is about making it easier for disabled people and their families to create good lives for themselves.
The Objectives of the Enabling Good Lives Approach
Individuals and Families
- Individuals and their families have increased control over their lives.
- Individuals and their families are able to imagine what a good life looks like for them and experience supports and services as something that makes this easier to achieve.
- Individuals and families have one “plan”. In this plan individuals and families describe what they need and want to build a good life for themselves. This plan is based on strengths, preferences and aspirations (dreams). All supports, services and funders use the same plan as the key point of reference.
- There is one pool of funding i.e. all government agencies will put the money into one “bucket”.
- Any funding is worked out on a person by person and/or family by family basis. Individuals and families have control of this funding
- Individuals and families will have initial contact with an Independent Facilitator (Navigator). They will be available to work with individuals and families in considering what a good life looks like for them and how they might achieve it. Note: Navigators do not decide on the level of funding.
- Individuals and families decide on the level of involvement they want with an Independent Facilitator (Navigator)
- Individuals and families have increased choice. These choices range from managing all of their resources themselves to choosing to buy support from service providers. Some individuals and families may choose a mix of options. Others may want the “say so” regarding their resources but have an organisation manage some or all of the tasks associated with making things happen.
- Individuals and families will be able to connect with networks of disabled people and/or families to give them ideas about the choices they can make and the wide range of options that are possible.
- Individuals and families will have input into designing and governing systems, supports and services.
- Individuals and families will have key roles in the monitoring and evaluation of any systems, supports and services.
Service Providers will:
- operate with a clear set of principles and expected outcomes
- negotiate how they work on a person by person and/or family by family basis. Note: This will initially be informed by the disabled person’s plan.
- experience one monitoring and evaluation process that is developmental.
- operate according to a facilitation based approach i.e. make it easier for individuals and families to achieve their goals by tailoring supports rather than the provision of a set range of service types.
- work to ensure community (generic) options are exhausted before specialist services are considered.
- operate with significantly reduced bureaucratic restrictions.
- experience the “system” as being supportive of innovation.
Government Departments will:
- have shared principles and outcomes that guide their decisions and actions.
- have a shared monitoring and evaluation process.
- ensure that all endeavours they fund directly or indirectly (e.g. workforce development) operate in accordance with the same principles and intent as Enabling Good Lives.
- be trusting and trustworthy partners.