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Summer Foundation Focus – October 2023

Welcome to the October edition of Summer Foundation Focus.

It’s a particularly busy time of year for us as we ramp up for our Annual Public Forum, which is being held on Thursday 2 November.

We’ll be looking at how home and living supports can be transformed so they truly meet the needs of people with disability. Read about our panelists here and see a discussion paper that brings together research on the topic here.

It’s not too late to book your ticket for the hybrid event that is being held in person in Melbourne and online.

The Summer Foundation recently commissioned an Indigenous artist to design a piece of art that will be our acknowledgement of country on all our documents. See Nakia Cadd’s stunning art here.

The beginning of October saw a huge step forward in the design of accessible housing for all Australians. Read about it here.

In this edition we hear from Andrew about his journey, as an Aboriginal man, to get suitable accommodation. Read it here.

We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Public Forum.

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Q & A with Andrew

We met Andrew last year and since then have been working with him on a number of projects. Sharing his voice, experience and insight he is helping to educate and improve outcomes for people with disability.
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Meet the APF panelists

The final countdown is on to the Summer Foundation’s 2023 Annual Public Forum. Transforming supports at home: Making it work for NDIS participants is the topic for the event on Thursday 2 November.
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Let’s talk – new discussion paper

For many years, the Summer Foundation has focused on improving housing for people with disability in Australia. We have done this because housing for people with disability has long been grossly inadequate.  
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Guidance on SDA eligibility

The Housing Hub has launched an SDA Eligibility Checker. It is an easy-to-use online tool where you can answer 10 questions or less to check if you are likely to be eligible for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). Results are instant and you can ask for a Housing Expert to discuss your housing options in greater detail based on your results.
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Acknowledgement of country

The Summer Foundation recently commissioned Indigenous artist, Nakia Cadd, to design a piece of art that we will include on all our documents. 
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Accessible homes for everyone

The Building Better Homes campaign we have been leading to make homes more accessible for all Australians took a major step forward at the beginning of October.
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A new Aged Care Act

The Department of Health and Aged Care is consulting on the foundations for a new Aged Care Act. One of the proposals is to close the door to aged care for people under 65.
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