People First New Zealand Ngā Tāngata Tuatahi’s Make It Easy Translation Service, together with IHC, are proud to launch 2 new documents:

Form for making a Will

The Will form is a template, designed for people with learning disability to fill in, alongside their lawyer or legal representative.

Guide to filling out the Easy Read Will

The guide is just that – a guide to how to fill out the form and an introduction to the ideas and words involved.man writing his will

The Will is not the first legal form created by People First NZ.  A few years ago, People First NZ launched the Easy Read Individual Employment Agreement – believed to be the first of its kind in the world.  In the future, People First NZ has hopes for the creation of an Easy Read Tenancy Agreement to empower people with learning disability in flatting situations.

Manager of the Make It Easy Service, Alexia Black says, “It is so great to see these documents at a finished stage, and to be able to launch them so they can start to be used! It has been a total collaboration, for over 2 years, to get to this point and we just hope that they prove to be a useable and helpful aid for people with learning disability to have more of a say over their end of life plans.”

Sharon Brandford, who has been involved since the start of the work, explains “The need for this arose from the “IHC Successful Ageing Project”, in which people with intellectual disabilities reported that they wanted to be more involved in decisions and planning about their end of life. They said that things like wills were complicated. IHC decided to do something about that and asked People First New Zealand to make an easier version people could use, or be assisted to use.

This coincided with greater awareness of our commitment to Supported decision making and our obligations under Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”

Many people have been involved in the development of these resources and our thanks must go to:

  • Sharon Brandford, who led the “IHC Successful Ageing Project”
  • Gwen Williams, who facilitated the testing of the documents
  • IHC
  • Auckland Disability Law
  • Nan Jensen, Quinlaw Solicitors
  • Alexia Black, Janet Doughty and Cindy Johns of People First NZ, who created the documents
  • And of course, the people with learning disability who tested them.