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About the Summer Foundation.


We’re passionate about stopping young people with disability from being forced into residential aged care, by helping them access the support needed to be in control of where, how and with whom they live.

Research library

By researching the issues at each stage of the critical pathways that lead young people to aged care we can provide the evidence needed to create the systems change that will solve this problem.

Latest news and events


ILO and Safeguards

In May, UpSkill Lead, Linda Hughes wrote a blog about Individualised Living Options (ILO) and what the new Operational Guidelines mean for support coordinators. Since that time, UpSkill hosted a lunchtime learning session with their Community of Practice members about the guidelines and suffice to say, everyone had a lot of questions. One of the recurring themes was about safeguards.
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At the start it was hard for me to talk about myself, but I loved it, it gives you a chance to tell your story and help some people along the way.

— Daniel Black, a man who previously lived in RAC and has now moved to SDA

Thanks for the Staying Connected page. I found it useful and uplifting to know we are all in this together and great to hear from other people and read their stories.

— Salote, a person with disability

It is great to attend training that is relevant and can be applied to work practice with knowledgeable facilitators.

— Bridie West, Support Coordinator

I had no confidence in my ability to support someone through this process [SDA] but now I know I can after yesterday’s training. Although it’s a time consuming task, you have shown us we all have the skills to do well at it.

— Lisa Davis, Support Coordinator

Adapting to the new COVID-19 normal

Adapting to the new ‘COVID-19’ normal is definitely challenging. Throughout  lockdown we have  encountered many obstacles and have all developed strategies to overcome these.

Lisa enjoying SDA life

Lisa moved into her own SDA apartment very recently and has shared her journey and thoughts about how she is enjoying life in SDA.

Dance of dependence – Liz’s poem

Liz shares through a poem her journey into her new SDA apartment.