If you’re unsure whether or not you’re eligible for a SDA home, there’s a checklist of things to consider. Don’t worry we can take you through it now and there are even people in the community like ‘Local Area Coordinators’ who can help you along the way.
Before being granted Specialist Disability Accommodation you must first have a NDIS plan, this means completing an Access Request Form. This can be done over the phone by calling the NDIS, or by filling out the form and sending it off. An NDIS plan outlines someone with disability’s goals, aspirations and the supports they require to achieve them. Everyone on the NDIS has their own unique plan. Before you complete an Access Request Form, you can check If you’re eligible.
The Access Request Form has two sections, one for you to complete and the other by a Treating Professional, who may be your General Practitioner (GP) or Psychologist amongst others. You’ll need to provide evidence of your age, residence (including citizenship or visa status) and disability in the form.
A Local Area coordinator (LAC) can help you understand, access the NDIS and fill out the Access Request Form. Even if you’re not eligible for a NDIS Support Plan, a LAC can help you access supports that are available. During your conversation with your LAC you can request a copy of your plan in a variety of accessible formats, including braille or audio.
If you require SDA funding you’ll need to mention a housing goal in your plan so the funding to get one can be allocated to you, this funding includes the help of a Support Coordinator. If you forget or haven’t done this don’t worry! You can request a review of your NDIS plan at any time.
Once the NDIS receives your Access Request Form, they will check if you’re in a NDIS area and if your request is valid with all relevant information included. This can take a couple of months, sometimes they will contact you again for more information which means it can take longer to assess your form. Gathering the information for a SDA housing plan and having it approved by the NDIS can take up to a year, and not everyone is approved.
Once your NDIS plan is approved you can view it on the NDIS myplace portal, it’s also mailed to you in your preferred format and language. The myplace portal is connected to your myGov account, it’s where you can see messages from the NDIS and share your plan with service providers like carers and other support systems. If your SDA funding is approved, your plan will detail what SDA funding is included and you’re now able to look for a suitable SDA home!
Access Request form: This is the form potential participants complete to apply for the NDIS. The NDIA uses the information provided to assess eligibility.
Local Area Coordinator/LAC: A Local Area Coordinator helps potential participants and others in the community to access supports they need to build the life they want.
Specialist Disability Accommodation/SDA: SDA is a range of housing designed for NDIS participants with accessibility in mind to help residents live more independently, with greater choice and control.
NDIS Plan: A NDIS plan outlines the goals, aspirations and supports a participant requires as well as their funding amount. Everyone has their own unique plan.
Support Coordinator: A support coordinator is the middle person in between a participant and all their other supports. A individual only gets a support coordinator once the funding for it in their NDIS plan is approved. They act as an advisor, crisis resolution, establishing support for the participant and more!