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Staying Connected


Welcome to our Staying Connected page.


Are you living with disability or supporting someone who does? 

Connect and contribute to the work of the Summer Foundation here.

Click here to connect with us – we’d love to hear about your experiences.

Here is our latest story

Opportunities to get involved

Check out our opportunities (paid and voluntary) for people with lived experience of disability or share your story and experience with us.

Read more Staying Connected stories

Read more stories from people with lived experience below.

Meet Anna

Anna recently met Bill Shorten in her new SDA apartment. She writes about her housing journey and why she shares her experience.
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Q+A with Ned

In late 2021 Lu and Gina met Ned, his housemates and his family to capture their experience living in an ‘individualised living option’ (ILO) homeshare arrangement. Lu caught up with Ned recently to chat with him about some recent changes.
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James in a cafe

Life is bigger than a brain injury

It’s Brain Injury Awareness Week!
Meet James – he has been living with a brain injury for 18 years. He writes about his experience and explains why Brain Injury Awareness Week is important to him.
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Do you want to read more stories from people with lived experience?

Video stories

The Summer Foundation has connected with a number of people with disability over the years who have taken the time to share their personal stories with us. Here are a couple of our latest video stories:

Lisa Enjoying SDA Life

Lisa has lived in a nursing home for about 6 years. Her main goal was to get of the nursing home. Lisa shares how it feels to be preparing to move into an SDA apartment.

Sam shares ‘things that helped me move’

Sam has moved from a group home into an SDA apartment. Sam would like to share with others things that helped this move. “We don’t know what we could be, but it is a lot more than they expect.”

Individualised living options – Ned and his housemates

Take a look at the complete video series about ‘Individualised Living Options in action’ on the Housing Hub website.

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