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Enabling Good Lives


In the future, disabled children and adults and their families will have greater choice and control over their supports and lives, and make more use of natural and universally available supports.

EGL principles


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.


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

“Everybody experiences full participation and inclusion within their community (people, places, assets, infrastructure and supports) as of right and can choose funded supports to enhance and facilitate this.” (Working definition from National Enabling Good Lives (NEGL) Leadership Group and Co-Design Group.)

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 flexible.

Relationship building

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

Find out more about Enabling Good Lives (external website)


The following translations of the EGL vision and principles are available:

Enabling Good Lives vision and principles Easy Read PDF (PDF, 1.6 MB, 14 pages)

Enabling Good Lives vision and principles Easy Read Word document (DOCX, 3.2 MB, 14 pages)

Enabling Good Lives vision and principles Easy Read in Te Reo (DOCX, 18 KB, 3 pages)