Supported Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a form of housing under the NDIS for participants who require a high level of specialised support that caters to their individual living needs.
SDA Housing is carefully designed to enhance quality of life, making it easier to move around, offering more freedom and independence. These homes come with custom designs, like automatic doorways and adjustable benchtops. They’re also strategically located for convenience and safety, all while providing specialised care for individuals who need extra support.
SDA is an NDIS funded support that provides housing to individuals that require a high level of support and home modifications to appropriately meet their needs.
This is a very specific support designed to help you access a customised home suitable to your individual needs.
SDA funding is generally included under Capital funding and covers the cost of modifications and upkeep of these modifications in your home.
It’s important to note that this support does not cover the cost of rent, which can be supplemented by the Disability Support Pension (DSP) if required. SDA also may not be used for support workers in your home, as this is funded primarily under Support Independent Living (SIL).
It’s not uncommon to get Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) confused, with both funding aimed at assisting individuals to live more independently.
However, to put it simplistically, SIL is about providing supports to you so you can live more independently, where as SDA funding subsidises the building and ongoing maintenance costs of a fit for purpose home.
These building and maintenance costs generally cover inclusions that are not found in conventional housing, such as electric doorways or fully adjustable benchtops for example. SDA funding is generally provided to participants who require accessible features in their home to ensure they can live more independently.
While SIL and SDA exist independently, participants may be eligible for both.
Getting SDA in your NDIS plan can sometimes be a complex journey. In order to give yourself the best chances of getting SDA, you should first demonstrate to the NDIS that you require a lot of additional support, and that there are no suitable alternatives available to you.
A Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA) from a registered Occupational Therapist can be a great tool to help demonstrate this, as this assessment will provide a detailed overview of your life and highlight barriers you’re facing.
Once you have this, you should then present this information in your next plan review. Alternatively, you can also lodge a change in circumstances request and ask for more suitable housing.
If you have a significant and permanent disability, injury or illness that affects your daily life, you may be eligible to access the NDIS.
To start your application, call the NDIS at 1800 800 110.
If you need assistance, reach out to your Local Area Coordinator, Early Childhood Early Intervention partner, the local National Disability Insurance Agency, or Breakthru for support.
This may involve sharing details about your disability and how it affects your daily life.
Providing recent information and collaborating with your healthcare providers can strengthen your case for NDIS eligibility.
Once the Access Request decision is done, you'll receive a written notice of the decision.
Afterward, you'll meet with an NDIS community partner to determine the support level for your NDIS plan.
Call our friendly team on 1800 767 212 or simply fill this form and we will be in touch.
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