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Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) explainer for investors

As part of the NDIS Housing Options project, 2 new booklets have been developed to assist people with disability and their families, and NDIS and housing providers understand housing options under the NDIS, including Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).

These booklets provide information specifically for Queensland. You can also watch a recent webinar presentation below:

Housing Options – a guide to housing and the NDIS in Queensland has been developed to help NDIS participants and people who support them to understand and explore better housing options, as well as think about their housing needs and preferences.

About Specialist Disability Accommodation – a resource for providers explains what SDA is and how it works. This booklet also provides some current SDA data for Queensland.

Watch the webinar

For more information about these booklets and the information they provide relevant to Queensland, you can watch a recent webinar presentation below.

In response to feedback from the SDA panel, the Summer Foundation has developed 2 new resources to help support coordinators and allied health professionals prepare an NDIS participant housing statement.

The Participant Housing Statement Template (with accompanying guide) seeks to ensure that the NDIA provides people with funding that reflects their preferred housing option.

People under 65 in residential aged care (RAC), or at risk of admission to RAC, with complex disability support needs, whose disability prevents them from living in a mainstream housing option, may only need to submit a participant housing statement between 2 and 5 pages long.

The participant housing statement with supporting documentation should be submitted to the NDIA. Supporting documentation includes allied health assessments, carer statements, RAC care plans, incident and police reports. We have developed a Participant Housing Statement Template to assist.

Who this guide is for

This guide is for people in residential aged care (RAC), or at risk of admission to RAC, and others at risk of permanent admission to RAC. For all other NDIS participants testing their eligibility for SDA, we recommend submitting a housing plan. See our How to Write a Housing Plan Guide and Template.

Considerations

Allied health professional reports must address:
– Section 34, R&N, of the NDIS Act 2013
– SDA Rules 2020, Eligibility, andmeets SDA needs requirement (Rules 11- 18)

Providing extensive evidence to the NDIA supports people’s choice and control and guards against the NDIA funding them to live in a group home.

The decision to supplement allied health reports with a housing plan or a participant housing statement rests with the participant. Consider the circumstances and preferred housing outcome when deciding.

This short video about Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and the accompanying information sheets can be used by support coordinators to explain what SDA is to the people they are working with.

The video and information sheets include information about what SDA is, who can live in SDA, the different types of SDA, who pays for SDA, how to get SDA funding and how support works in SDA. Download the information sheets below.

What is SDA?

Can I live in SDA?

Are there different types
of SDA?

Who pays for SDA?

How do I get SDA funding?

How does support work
in SDA?

Where can I live?

NDIS Housing Options resources – Western Australia: As part of the NDIS Housing Options project, 2 new booklets have been developed to assist people with disability and their families, and NDIS and housing providers understand housing options under the NDIS, including Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).

These booklets provide information specifically for Western Australia. You can also watch a recent webinar presentation below:

Housing Options – a guide to housing and the NDIS in Western Australia has been developed to help NDIS participants and people who support them to understand and explore better housing options, as well as think about their housing needs and preferences.

About Specialist Disability Accommodation – a resource for providers explains what SDA is and how it works. This booklet also provides some current SDA data for Western Australia.

Watch the webinar

For more information about these booklets and the information they provide relevant to Western Australia, you can watch a recent webinar presentation below.

The purpose of the directory is to provide information to hospital discharge teams and their patients about housing providers who may have suitable housing options for discharging patients who are NDIS participants, but are having difficulties locating suitable housing.

This directory has been compiled as part of the Queensland Hospital Discharge and Housing project.

The information provided in this directory has been supplied by each provider.

The providers in this directory have been briefed about the aims of the Queensland Hospital Discharge and Housing project and are aware that they may be approached with referrals of NDIS participants (or their support coordinators) seeking help with identifying potential housing options.

The Queensland Hospital Discharge and Housing project is funded by the Queensland Government and will operate during 2020.

Queensland Government support for the Queensland Hospital Discharge and Housing Project does not constitute an endorsement of providers. The Queensland Government encourages housing for people with disability (both mainstream housing and specialist disability accommodation) to align with the Housing Principles for Inclusive Communities. An up-to-date list of all Registered NDIS Providers can be found here.

The UpSkill team have produced the following videos to capture the fundamentals of what you need to know when you are a support coordinator or private allied health professional. If you are attending any online or face-to-face UpSkill training, you should watch the UpSkill Fundamentals videos beforehand.

UpSkill Fundamentals Part 1

Working from a human rights framework requires that you understand the origin of the human rights and disability rights movements. 
Topics included in this webinar: 
1. A potted history of disability
2. How we got the NDIS
3. Central ideas underpinning the NDIS

UpSkill Fundamentals Part 2

Effective capacity building work with NDIS participants requires that you understand how to apply the central ideas underpinning the NDIS. Topics included in this webinar: 
4. How the NDIS works
5. The role of NDIS support coordinators and allied health professionals
6. Complex support needs pathway
7. Participating in a planning meeting

UpSkill Fundamentals Part 3

The NDIS can provide funding for people with complex support needs to live in the community with an appropriate mix of NDIS and mainstream supports.  Making this a reality requires NDIS support coordinators and allied health professionals who can work effectively with the NDIS health interface and understand the housing supports in the NDIS, including the  specialist disability accommodation (SDA) pathway. Topics included in this webinar: 
8. Health NDIS interface
9. Discharge destinations
10. Invitation to join UpSkill

Ablelink, an independent provider of support coordination, has produced the following 3 videos and a podcast to assist people working as a support coordinator and those interested in setting up a support coordination business.

Support Coordination vs Great Support Coordination

Jess from Ablelink shares her expertise on the essence of support coordination and taps into why the role is important. She covers the flow of delivering the support, shares some useful resources, and finishes by discussing some concepts that can define the difference between “good” and “great” support coordination.

Running a Support Coordination Business

Jess and Cam from Ablelink discuss their journey of starting an independent NDIS Support Coordination business and highlight some key things to consider. They touch on becoming an NDIS Registered provider, business structure, specialising in the market and also offer some personal reflections.

Working Efficiently with Templates and Systems

Whether it’s your business or you’re working as a support coordinator, understanding the benefits of improving workflow and systems is essential for efficient support coordination. In this video, Cam from Ablelink chats about the importance of using technology, centralising information and investing time in your systems.

Podcast: Talking support coordination

In this podcast, which was recorded as part of the Summer Foundation’s ‘Reasonable and Necessary with Dr George’ series, Dr George Taleporos talks with Jess Stubbins, Founder and Director of Ablelink, an NDIS registered provider of support coordination. This episode covers support coordination, what it takes to be a support coordinator and how to run a support coordination business.

These videos for health services are part of the NDIS Capacity building framework training manual.

Embedding Practice Change: Health Services and the NDIS


Introduction to the NDIS (Webinars 1–4)


NDIS Foundations (Modules 1–3)


Streamlining Health & NDIS for Better Discharge Outcomes

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) has produced these 3 videos and a podcast to help those working with NDIS participants from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Using teach back to improve understanding

‘Teach back’ is an effective technique to promote better communication and shared understanding between a NDIS support coordinator and NDIS participant.  In this short video, CEH provides information about the impact of using the ‘teach back’ technique and how to implement it into your everyday practice

Cultural understandings of disability

Cultural beliefs and understandings about the NDIS affect people’s willingness to participate in the scheme and to disclose information about their circumstances. This video presents interviews with four people living with a disability, or caring for someone who does, talking about their experience of discrimination and its impact.

Working with interpreters

Interpreters are an essential component of any interactions with an NDIS participant who requires them. However, the onus is on the provider to explain the NDIS and its terminology in ways that the interpreter can get across to the participant. Here, CEH provides some tips on how to manage the interpreting interaction.

Podcast: Talking ethnicity, culture and the NDIS

CEH’s Sophie Dutertre recorded a podcast with Summer Foundation’s Dr George Taleporos as part of the popular ‘Reasonable and Necessary with Dr George’ Podcast series. In this podcast, Sophie and Dr George discuss how cultural understandings of disability affect access to the NDIS.