1. How Enabling Good Lives started - the August 2011 report

Government has recognised the need and broad direction for change to the disability support system through the New Zealand Disability Strategy and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Government response to the Social Services Select Committee inquiry into the quality of care and service provision for people with disabilities.

In 2011, the Minister for Disability Issues, Hon Tariana Turia, invited the Ministries of Social Development and Health to work with an independent working group of disability sector stakeholders to develop a "clean sheet" approach to community participation and day services for disabled people. The process of meetings and discussions over several months was facilitated by the Office for Disability Issues. The report from the independent working group was completed in August 2011. In October 2011, Minister Turia asked officials to engage with the disability sector on how to take the "Enabling Good Lives" approach further.

In 2012, the Ministries of Social Development and Health worked with disability sector organisations to test the "Enabling Good Lives" approach in Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton in consultation

Watch NZSL video of the report https://www.odi.govt.nz/nz-disability-strategy/other-initiatives/enabling-good-lives/egl-background-information/easyread-version-of-the-enabling-good-lives-august-2011-report/

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