What Connectors can do
Kaitūhono/Connectors can build relationships, support self-determination and support ordinary life outcomes but cannot take over your decisions.
Kaitūhono/Connectors are allies for disabled people and whānau, and they can:
Build relationships by:
- taking the time to build a trusting relationship with you
- supporting you to explore the options to build connections with the community.
Support self-determination by:
- recognising that you are the expert in your life
- supporting the disabled person’s perspective as the main view, while valuing and considering other people’s views, like the family and whānau.
Support ordinary life outcomes by:
- assisting you to have a vision that focuses on what’s important to you
- supporting you to explore a range of life opportunities
- supporting you to make choices and decisions
- supporting you to apply for funding.
Begin early by:
- taking the initiative to build a trusting relationship with you
- looking ahead and supporting you to plan for changes, like starting school, or moving into a flat.
Take a person-directed approach by:
- acknowledging all parts of your life are important, including your family and whānau
- considering all the different things that make up your well-being
- taking a holistic approach in supporting you to think about what you want in your life.
Be mana enhancing in the way they work by:
- recognising your strengths and supporting you to think about what you can contribute to your community
- tailoring their approach to suit your identity and preferences.
Help to identify universal and community-based options:
- encouraging you to look at community-based options to support you to do the things you want to do
- assisting you to access the supports available from government agencies.
Connectors cannot, and will not:
- make decisions for you
- be your friend
- be your support worker
- intervene in family issues
- take over your natural authority over your life, your choices and your decision
- make decisions about your funding
- have a vested interest in decisions and choices you make
- think they know what’s best for you and your life.
Choosing a Connector
There are three options for choosing a Connector.
Meeting a Connector for the first time
We also have some information about your first meeting with a Connector.