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Specialist Disability Accommodation Explained

Updated: Apr 21, 2021

Looking for a home that suits your needs and gives you more independence? Specialist Disability Accommodation could be the right move for you.

Specialist Disability Accommodation… what is it?

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) approved accommodation for participants who require specialised housing options. SDA can be a house, apartment or unit, or another type of building. Often SDA homes will be shared between participants, with a maximum of five participants. Although there are options to live by yourself or with people without a disability.

Who can access SDA?

SDA homes are not available to all NDIS participants. In fact, the NDIA have estimated that about 6% of participants are actually eligible. Those who are eligible, are usually participants with very high support needs or an extreme functional impairment.

SDA can unlock better housing opportunities for participants living in large residential centres, group homes, or aged care facilities and nursing homes.

Eligibility requirements

Other than having very high support needs or an extreme functional impairment, the NDIA wants to ensure you have considered all other housing options, like home modifications, assistive technology and Supported Independent Living (SIL) supports, before going down the SDA path. If you have done this and you have trouble getting in and out of bed, getting dressed, moving around, preparing meals, or accessing the community, SDA might be an option to explore.

What’s the cost of SDA?

The amount of SDA funding that is included in your plan will take into consideration the type of accommodation you require, the number of people you will live with, the location and any other features. The funding you’ll receive, can cover the cost of the housing, including outgoing maintenance costs.

However, SDA is not totally free. Just like with other rental options, you’ll need to pay a reasonable rent contribution. The NDIA can guide you through this process.

Accessing SDA

Accessing SDA can be a bit of a complicated process. The first step is to discuss your current situation and supports with your NDIA planner at your planning meeting. This gives them the opportunity to review your needs, including the potential of SDA.

If it’s determined that you may require SDA support, the NDIA will assess your needs. When approved, SDA will be added to your NDIS plan. Then the NDIA can help you meet your accommodation needs by searching for appropriate SDA in your area (or if that is not an option, they will help you to search outside your area to find something suitable).

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