Reasonable and Necessary podcast series
Reasonably and Necessary: Making Sense of the NDIS is a podcast series by the Summer Foundation, hosted by our very own Dr George Taleporos.
Each podcast episode aims to simplify the NDIS for participants, their families and anyone supporting NDIS participants to work their way through the system.
SDA eligibility criteria
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a costly support that will be provided to only a small number of NDIS participants, so the rules the NDIS uses to determine a participant’s eligibility are rigorously applied. To be considered for SDA, a participant must provide evidence to support EVERY criteria along one of the pathways in this flowchart.
For the exact wording of each rule, refer to the Summer Foundation’s How to write a housing plan resource.
UpSkill Fundamentals resources
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.
NDIS foundations training videos
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
Collaborative discharge approach – Practice guide
The CDA Practice Guide details the steps involved in effective discharge planning for younger people under 65 with disability or complex support needs in hospital. It steps out collaborative actions between the NDIS, health, support coordination and housing, to facilitate timely discharge through access to necessary NDIS supports. Links to resources that align with specific actions are embedded within this guide.
Collaborative discharge approach – An overview
A Collaborative Discharge Approach (CDA) is a process to ensure that people under 65 with disability or complex support needs in hospital can achieve an effective and timely discharge back into the community with National Disability Insurance System (NDIS) supports.
This overview provides a snapshot of how health can work with support coordinators to achieve this and includes links to resources that align with specific actions.
Accessing the NDIS – Providing supporting evidence
When making an access request to the NDIS, the NDIA requires supporting evidence about the person’s disability and how it impacts their everyday life. Supporting evidence can be in the form of an Access Request Form (ARF), or a supporting evidence report. This resource provides an example of a supporting evidence report template that reflects the NDIS legislative requirements.
Lisa is moving out of aged care
Lisa has lived in a nursing home for about 6 years. Her main goal was to get of the nursing home. Lisa shares how it feels to be preparing to move into an SDA apartment.
Sam Shares ‘things that helped me move’
Sam has moved from a group home into an SDA apartment. Sam would like to share with others things that helped this move. “We don’t know what we could be, but it is a lot more than they expect.”
NDIS housing pathway
On this resource we detail one pathway to mainstream housing. If you have searched for mainstream housing and discovered you can’t access it because of your disability, you can test your eligibility for SDA on the second page.
Allied health housing assessments guide
The aim of this guide is to assist support coordinators and allied health professionals collaborate on Housing Plans for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants. Housing Plans rely on appropriately framed allied health assessments and reports to support the participant pursue their goals and aspirations.
SDA payments guide
This guide explains what Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) payments are, who they are paid to and how they are accessed. For people who have SDA payments included in their NDIS Plan, it explains how to make the most of this funding.
Looking for somewhere to live
This guide explains how you can access and make the most of NDIS funding to look for housing. It explains the capacity building funding available to NDIS participants who need support to search for suitable housing. It also includes information on choosing your support coordinator and how to make the most of the funding.
Note that this guide replaces ‘Exploring Your Housing Options’.
If circumstances change
No-one’s plans stay relevant forever. It’s worth taking time to think about and write down what changes you anticipate in your health or your circumstances. This guide is designed to:
– Guide your thinking
– Enable you to record any concerns you have about change
– Assist you to identify what you’d like to discuss
– Encourage you to build anticipated changes and support needs into your NDIS planning
Sample NDIS plans
This guide includes five sample plans for people in differing circumstances with examples of how the NDIS can support participants to exercise choice and control to lead an ordinary life.
These sample plans are to give you a place to start. We have also included a pre-planning tool to help you to develop your own plan so you can keep a record of your planning meeting. Download a Word document version of the Sample NDIS Plans