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Summer Foundation Focus – February 2024

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2024.

We go into the new year with renewed enthusiasm and determination to see more positive housing outcomes for young people with disability and those who support them.

A significant point in our goal to close the door to aged care for young people with disability comes with the proposed changes to the Aged Care Act.

The Summer Foundation welcomes the NDIS Review’s emphasis on innovation in housing and living, but a new approach is needed. You can read more in our position statement on the NDIS Review Final Report.

Story telling and co-design has always been an integral part of the work we do at the Summer Foundation. Nothing can replicate the value that the lived experience of people with disability brings to our projects. This is reaffirmed in the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission’s funding of our Feedback in Supported Accommodation Resource project.

Lived experience also provides the most tangible evidence of the successes that can be achieved – William was helped by our Aged Care to Home service and Bruce’s story is testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

Enjoy reading these stories and other information about our on-going work.

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Co-design at heart of new resources

As part of our ongoing commitment to improving the lives of people with disability the Summer Foundation, in partnership with the Housing Hub, has launched the Feedback in Supported Accommodation Resource (FISAR) project.
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New Aged Care Act welcomed

The Summer Foundation has welcomed proposed changes to the Aged Care Act that specify “apart from First Nations persons, or people at risk of homelessness, no other younger persons will be able to access funded aged care services”.
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From aged care to home

After more than 4 years living in aged care William was finally able to move into a specialist disability accommodation apartment with the help of the Aged Care to Home service. The move came 4 days before his 52nd birthday.
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Be Reasonable and Necessary in 2024

The Summer Foundation’s Dr George Taleporos is gearing up for another great year of Reasonable & Necessary podcasts.  The podcast aims to demystify the NDIS and features interviews with politicians, sector professionals, people with lived experience and other experts. 
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SDA impact research published

The Summer Foundation Research team recently had its work on the impact and experiences of moving into specialist disability accommodation (SDA) for people with acquired complex disability published in the peer-reviewed journal Brain Impairment.
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Bruce Camplin’s story

Hi, I’m Bruce, 52 years young, living in an SDA apartment on the Gold Coast. I have a disability called arthrogryposis, which affects both joints and muscles of my major joints.
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Hospital to Home program moves to the Housing Hub

The Hospital to Home program will now be delivered by the Housing Hub. Since its establishment in 2017, the Housing Hub has expanded to offer a range of specialist support services for people with disability.  It is well placed to continue delivering this exceptional service. 
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Help on your housing journey

It’s not always easy to find the information you need about housing options. The Housing Hub wants to make it easier to find reliable and trustworthy information to help you navigate your housing journey.
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