Specialist Disability Support (SDA)

Specialist Disability Support (SDA)

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Support Coordinators that help you find a home that meets your needs!

Specialist Disability Accommodation (known as SDA) is support for NDIS participants to live as independently as possible in a specially designed and built accommodation that caters to individual needs.

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is NDIS funding for people with complex needs who need specialist housing.

SDA often goes hand in hand with Supported Independent Living (SIL) funds that cover in-home supports like a support worker. However, SDA funds the physical home. 

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)

SDA can be stressful with many rules and regulations. Our Senior Support Coordinators can make the process easy for you!

How can a Support Coodintor Help with SDA?

How can a Support Coodintor Help with SDA?

Our Senior Support Coordinators offer years of experience and expertise supporting NDIS participants with SDA. We allow you to streamline the service and will enable you to live more independently.

Once you have bee approved for SDA funding, our Support Coordinators help you:

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Reviewing Housing Needs

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SDA Assessments

During the SDA process, NDIS participants will be required to complete several assessments, including; activities of daily living, general living skills, mobility and function assessments, home needs analysis and, in some cases, sensory and behaviour assessments.

In addition to assessments, there is considerations and recommendations for the type of house required (apartments, duplexes, group homes and other), location, and the level of support you will require when living there. ThumbsUp Support Coordination supports you throughout this process and recommends providers and contacts that can assist with these needs.

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ndis aSSESSMENT AND FUNDING APPROVAL

Once your SDA application has been submitted, the NDIS Review Committee will review your needs and approve an SDA design category.  

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Assistance finding a Place to call home

When you have received your NDIS approval for SDA, ThumsbUp Support Coordination then starts the process of finding a suitable SDA, making applications, negotiating a tenancy and transitioning you into an SDA home.

ThumbsUp Support Coordination is here to assist you at each stage of your SDA journey. 

SDA can fund either modification for existing properties or the construction of a new property that is purpose-built for SDA housing requirements of the participants.

SDA does not fund support in the home. It is only the physical home.

SDA funding is only provided to a small proportion of NDIS participants with extreme functional impairment. We have provided information on different types of housing for people with a disability below.

SDA is funded for NDIS participant’s individual NDIS Plans.

The NDIS provides extra funding in their NDIS Plans to engage with a Support Coordinator to assist with the SDA process.

Our Support Coordinators can assist with you all aspects of searching for and considering vacancies, making applications, negotiating tendencies and transiting into your new home.

FAQ

FAQ

Specialist Disability Accommodation FAQs

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is accessible housing built or modified for people with disability.

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is usually for people who have high functional impairment or high complex support needs and require specialist housing for specialised disabilities.

You need to be assessed by NDIS to determine your eligibility for SDA. You can meet with us to discuss the process and requirements of SDA funding.

Funding for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is for the housing, not for the supports.  Participants must apply for NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation to be part of their NDIS plan.  However, prior to this, they must have funding for an SDA application as well as a goal for housing in their plan.  

Funding for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is for the housing, not for the supports.  Participants must apply for NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation to be part of their NDIS plan.  However, prior to this, they must have funding for an SDA application as well as a goal for housing in their plan.  

Specialist Disability Accommodation is assessed and categories into four design categories:

Basic – housing without specialist design features but with a location or other features that cater for the needs of people with a disability and assist with the delivery of support services

Improved Liveability – housing that has been designed to improve ‘liveability’ by incorporating a reasonable level of physical access and enhanced provision for people with sensory, intellectual or cognitive impairment disabilities

Robust – housing that has been designed to incorporate a high level of physical access provision and be very resilient, reducing the likelihood of reactive maintenance and reducing the risk to the participant and the community.

High Physical Support – Housing that has been designed to incorporate a high level of physical access provision for people with significant physical impairment disabilities.

SDA often goes hand in hand with Supported Independent Living (SIL) funds that cover in-home supports like a support worker. 

SDA refers to a type of housing. The SDA payments in your NDIS plan pay for the physical home where you live.

The NDIS provides funding for a range of housing options for people with a disability.

  • Mainstream housing

Mainstream housing is a term used to describe housing that is not specialist accommodation (SDA). It is housing that anyone can live in, whether they have a disability or not.

 

NDIS participants that do not get approved for SDA funding in their NDIS Plan will still want to choose where they live and whom they live with. ThumbsUp Support Coordination can help clients connect with providers that can assist them with finding a house that suits their needs.

 

  • Home Modifications

The NDIS will only pay for home modifications that will help the participants to achieve their goals and be more independent and that will work for the participant over a number of years.

 

Types of home modifcations include:

  • Ramps and rails
  • Widening doorways
  • Changes to bathrooms and kitchens (lowering bench heights)
  • Moving light switches and power points
  • Emergency alarms and security
  • Technology that helps participants opens doors, windows, control blinds and lights
  • Ceiling hoists in suitable house

Appropriate supporting evidence must be provided aby an allied health professional. Our support Coordinators can help you through this process.

Are you ready to get started?

ThumbsUp Support Coordination will help you to better understand your NDIS plan, get the most from your funding and have strong links with proven local NDIS providers.