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Summer Foundation Focus – May 2024

Welcome to our May newsletter.

While new legislation is urgently needed to get the NDIS back on track, these changes are also creating uncertainty for people with disability and families.

The Summer Foundation is working to make sure that NDIS 2.0 works for people with disability who need access to 24/7 support. Our latest article in The Conversation addresses concerns regarding choice and control related to housing and the NDIS Review recommendation that on average support in disability housing be funded at a 1:3 ratio i.e. 1 support worker supporting 3 people with disability. Read more here.

Dr George continues to help us all make sense of proposed disability reform by interviewing a range of experts and asking great questions. The latest episode of Reasonable & Necessary helps demystify the draft NDIS legislation.

ABC News and ABC Radio’s The World Today reported last week on the Summer Foundation’s latest research, which explores the views of building and design sector professionals when integrating accessible design standards into new housing. The research supports the Building Better Homes campaign in advocating for all Australian states to sign up to the mandatory construction code that specifies 7 accessible standards for all new homes.

You can also read about our latest published research here.

For me, the highlight of this newsletter is the article by Katy Skene sharing her story and her experience of working with our Co-design team.

I hope you enjoy reading about our ongoing work.

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Meet Katy

Meet Katy who is sharing her lived experience as part of our Co-design team.
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