Some NDIS participants with high support needs will be eligible for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) funding. This funding is a contribution to the “bricks and mortar” costs of housing, but does not cover support costs.
As part of its commitment to providing people with disability in Australia with more choice and control, the NDIS was established as a market-based system where funding is directed by the user, instead of the provider. This means that people with disability get to choose their own service providers.
A breakdown in care arrangements is a common reason for young people in the community to be admitted to nursing homes. The Commonwealth Government funds a range of services to support carers including the Carer Gateway, an online tool that provides useful resources for carers. The website contains articles and videos (image above) about many of the practical elements of caring for someone, or being cared for. It also includes an interactive service finder to help you connect
to services in your local area.
Women with Disabilities Australia has released a human rights toolkit for women and girls with disability. The toolkit explores some of the key human rights issues that women with disability may face including decision-making, sexual and reproductive rights and violence. It contains suggestions about how women and girls can work towards change and provides samples of letters and talking points for speaking to government.
Download the human rights toolkit here.
Summer Foundation Ambassador Anj Barker sustained an acquired brain injury in 2002 when she was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend. Since then, Anj has advocated tirelessly to end violence. You can watch her digital story here.
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In October we held a workshop about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The high levels of anxiety highlight some of the ongoing concerns people are experiencing in relation to the Scheme. The Summer Foundation continues to engage with the NDIA to ensure that the NDIS delivers for young people residing in nursing homes, those at risk, and families. We are working hard across a number of fronts to achieve this.
The consumer and family carer workshop held prior to this year’s annual public forum raised important questions about the NDIS rollout.
In late 2013, Caroline had a stroke that left her with speech, mobility and self-care difficulties. Following hospital-based rehabilitation, she was admitted to a nursing home and separated from her family.
Launched earlier this year, the Hunter Housing Demonstration Project consists of ten apartments in a 110- unit private development to show how accessible housing combined with smart home technology and appropriate support can increase independence and quality of life for people with disability.
Professor Jacinta Douglas, Summer Foundation’s Chair of Living Well with Acquired Brain Injury at La Trobe University, presented a lecture on “Maximising community connection after brain injury: a multi-component program”, at the Allen Martin Memorial Lecture in November. Jacinta discussed the power of relationships and community belonging in the lives of people with severe brain injury.
Decision-making is closely linked to developing an identity, and realising potential. Enabling participants to exercise choice and control is fundamental to the NDIS, however many people with disability require support to make decisions about their lives.