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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.

UpSkill is a Summer Foundation program that offers training and resources for NDIS professionals assisting people with complex support needs

Moving out of a nursing home

If you’re a person with disability living in a nursing home, or a group home, it can be really hard to imagine moving somewhere else.

This resource shares stories from people with disability who have moved out a nursing home.

Latest news and events


A reimagined NDIS

Annual Public Forum 2022

The Arena, NAB Docklands, Melbourne + online
DATE: Friday 25 November 2022, 12pm

This year’s forum focuses on what housing and supports look like in this new era of the NDIS. Now is the time to explore how a reimagined NDIS could truly serve the people it was designed for!
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Cut NDIS waiting times to 10 days: MP

Source: The Australian – Sarah Ison
Waiting times for specialist disability accommodation would be slashed from the average of 125 days to just 10, under proposed NDIS ­reforms.
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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

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

Annual Public Forum 2022

This year’s forum focuses on this new era of the NDIS. Now is the time to explore how a reimagined NDIS could truly serve the people it was designed for! 

Meet Trevor

Trevor has just moved into his SDA apartment after a long wait for approval, he shares his NDIS experience.

Meet Kirsty

Kirsty lives in an SDA apartment in Adelaide with her cat schmooka, she is an artist. Kirsty shares her experience with the NDIS.