Specialist Disability Accommodation, commonly referred to as SDA, are homes created for participants with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs.
SDA is the bricks and mortar that make up the house, it’s separate to Supported Independent Living (SIL). The end goal of Specialist Disability Accommodation is to support participants with complex needs to live the most independent life they can.
Currently participants with these complex needs are often living in unsuitable accommodation like nursing homes, despite being under 65 and wanting to exercise control over their lives. It’s a challenge to find suitable accommodation, we’re trying to change that. It’s a very small percentage for those on the NDIS who receive SDA funding, as little as 6% and can take up to a year to asses. If you’ve already got a NDIS plan and don’t have SDA funding, you are able to submit a change of circumstances application. Some disabilities degrade what a participant can do over time or carers like parents become unable to look after their children.
SDA housing is built to be future proof, so a participant never has to move out. Everything is considered, such as structural provisioning for ceiling hoists in a High Physical Support home, if participants need them in the future the hard work has already been done. SDA Certified homes are built to the standards set about by the NDIA and certified by SDA assessors. The standards set have four categories, Improved Liveability, Fully Accessible, Robust and High Physical Support, some houses can be certified under multiple design categories.
Once participants have obtained their SDA funding, they can rest assured they won’t have to deal with costly rents ever again. The NDIS reasonable rent contribution is set at 25 percent of the base rate of the Disability Support Pension.
Speak to your support coordinator today about Specialist Disability Accommodation funding and how you can receive your own home suited to your needs so you can regain your independence.