As the Summer Foundation moved quickly to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation, a new project team was created to identify and address the needs of people in our network, especially those at risk of social isolation and reduced access to supports. The Phone Outreach project aimed to provide a point of social contact, information and support with problem solving.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made feeling and staying connected more important than ever before.
Our new Staying Connected web page is providing the opportunity for people with disability to share their stories.
You can visit the webpage to find out more here.
Summer Foundation storyteller Michelle has welcomed the opportunity to spend quality time with her family and to learn something new.
“COVID-19 hasn’t really impacted me in a bad way and has actually been a lovely opportunity to spend quality time with my family. I have really missed my support workers though,” Michelle said.
The Summer Foundation has worked with 2 of Australia’s largest providers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to ensure people with disability can get PPE during COVID-19.
The 2 providers – RSEA Safety and Blackwoods – have each developed PPE online stores for NDIS participants.
SDA participants across Australia recently welcomed much-anticipated changes to the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Rules which will allow people with disability to share an SDA property with people not eligible for the NDIS or SDA, including their partner, children and friends.
An NDIS Housing Options project is being run by the Summer Foundation for Queensland and WA this year.
This project aims to explain the housing options and supports possible under the NDIS to people with disability and housing providers.
It will also help everyone better understand the housing needs of NDIS participants including the needs of people who would be eligible for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).
Over the next 12 months, the Summer Foundation will be working to provide:
- Information for people with disability about housing options
- Information for housing providers about NDIS
supports and SDA
- Events to inform and connect NDIS participants and housing providers
- Special support for NDIS providers seeking to provide SDA in Indigenous communities, rural areas and for people in hospital or aged care
Although we had to suspend Housing Possibilities workshops we had scheduled for Queensland and WA, we presented some of the information and introduced our new housing and SDA related resources in webinars.
These resources are now available for download from our NDIS Housing Options project web page.
The project has been funded by the Australian Government.
Our second Specialist Disability Accommodation Supply in Australia report has just been published.
Produced with Social Ventures Australia, the latest report finds that there are more than 1,766 new SDA places in the construction pipeline as at 30 September 2019.
A new-look Housing Hub is on the way!
The revamped website will have a number of extra features, including improved search and matching functions and the ability for housing seekers to create their own profiles.
In December 2019 Tom Butler’s long journey to become his own provider of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) ended in success, when he moved into his purpose-built unit.