Posted on Tuesday 15 November, 2022
Support coordinator, Francine, reached out to the Summer Foundation when she was told the lively 64-year-old she supported must give up access to the NDIS if she wanted to continue living in the residential aged care (RAC) facility she has lived in for 10 years.
Posted on Tuesday 13 September, 2022
Specialist disability accommodation (SDA) is accommodation funded through the NDIS for long-term, accessible housing for participants with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs. One option for people who are able to live alone is SDA with on-site shared support.
Posted on Thursday 1 September, 2022
The recent Disability Reform Ministers’ Meeting (DMM) (held on 29 July 2022) addressed the issue of NDIS participants who are stuck in hospital because they are unable to access appropriate housing and support.
What does the new government mean for the NDIS, people with complex needs and those who support them?
Posted on Thursday 16 June, 2022
While it is early days since the election, we know we have a new Labor government that has made promises to fix many of the troubles we have seen with the NDIS.
Posted on Thursday 27 January, 2022
Late last year the NDIA released the Improving Support Coordination for Participants paper. The paper outlines the outcomes of the support coordination consultation in September 2020, as well as the broader strategic plan for the NDIS.
Posted on Thursday 23 December, 2021
As 2021 comes to a close, we want to thank you for your ongoing work to support people with disability to achieve good outcomes and to live well in the community. We are very proud to support the development of the sector and to work alongside people with disability as allies.
Posted on Thursday 23 December, 2021
Quite a few years ago we created a hospital passport with my son. A hospital passport is a really handy document to have if you need to go to hospital, particularly if you have disability and might have difficulty communicating with hospital staff.
Posted on Thursday 18 November, 2021
When Va was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in April 2020 she was living in her own home with her teenage son. As her condition progressed, her home was no longer suitable or safe. Va says: “It was really difficult for me, because I didn’t know what to do. Suddenly your whole life has changed.”
Posted on Wednesday 27 October, 2021
Episode 2 of UpSkill’s Best Practice podcast series talks about how to support a person with complex support needs to leave hospital. In this podcast we hear from Sally and her Mum Jenny about how support coordinators helped Sally leave hospital and achieve what initially seemed impossible.
Posted on Monday 18 October, 2021
In July 2021, we published a podcast series in which we discussed best practice support coordination. In episode 1, we spoke with Lauren Lovegrove and Marnie Roelink, who are support coordinators from MNDNSW, as well as 2 NDIS participants who Lauren and Marnie have supported – Vasemaca and Joanna.
Posted on Monday 28 June, 2021
Summer Foundation Projects Support Officer Helen Jeisman chats with one of the organisation’s Lived Experience advisors and curators, Emma Gee, about the Staying Connected page – a platform where people with lived experience can connect and contribute to the work of the Summer Foundation.
Posted on Thursday 20 May, 2021
For UpSkill Lead, Linda Hughes, spending time with other people with disability and their families taught her how to see things outside the box. This experience has prepared her to help support coordinators to make the most of Individualised Living Options (ILOs) …