If you have a disability, inappropriate housing can make life difficult. It can stop you participating in work or study; it can stop you participating in your community. For people who aren’t happy with where they live, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) may be an opportunity to explore better housing options.
For many people, the NDIS is a whole new world, with lots of new words, new rules and new ways of doing things. So the Summer Foundation is creating resources to help:
- SDA PAYMENTS GUIDE — Specialist disability accommodation (SDA) is housing that has been specially designed or modified to suit the needs of people who have an ‘extreme functional impairment’ or ‘very high support needs’.
- MY HOUSING PREFERENCES — What type of housing you would like to live in? Where you would like to live? Who you would like to live with? The Summer Foundation has developed a tool called My Housing Preferences to help you think about these things and work out your housing goals.
- EHOP GUIDE — The NDIS doesn’t provide housing for people with a disability, but it may be an opportunity for people with disability to look for more suitable housing through an Exploring Housing Options Package (EHOP).
- FUTURE RESOURCES — For many people the NDIS is a new world with new words, new rules and new ways of doing things. To make sense of the options available to people with a disability, their carers, allied health professionals and NDIS Support Coordinators, the Summer Foundation is preparing a range of resources.
SOURCE: Summer Foundation. “NDIS Housing Resources.” Summer Foundation website viewed 13 September 2017.
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