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Disability Accommodation Checklist

Are you looking for accomodation option that would fulfil specific living conditions? The NDIS is a scheme designed to support people with disability, their families and carers. To be eligible for the NDIS, you must have a diagnosed disability that impacts your ability to carry out day-to-day activities. 

Specialised Disability Accommodation is complicated and involves a long process to obtain. SDA was introduced to provide 6% of the NDIS participants accommodation facilities who are considered extremely disabled and need to be put under external 24/7 care and support. You can follow the following checklist that will help you from select an accommodation through a NDIS provider.

  1. Read and understand the SDA rules and regulations – These are the guiding documents that outline the rules of the SDA.  They are long and complicated but a potential candidate needs to understand them. They can  use the help of plan managers and NDIS providers. 
  2. Location with amenities and transportation – Organisations need to now look at how their housing timeline aligns with the NDIS rules. The NDIS is also restricting transport funding, so proximity to transport and amenities is essential.
  3. Understanding the funding system – NDIS can be very confusing, only 6% of the participants are eligible to receive funding. If you are not in that 6%, you can still possibly receive partial funding or find alternative ways. Contact your planner to discuss the same. 
  4. Read reviews and feedback – Trust and experience are one of the main reasons why someone would want to use your service. It gives a peek into using the services. 
  5. NDIS participants who have their SDA approved in their NDIS plan are the people that, even the ones with the appropriate assistive technologies or home modifications, they have help with daily activities such as:
  • Getting in and out of bed
  • Getting dressed and moving around
  • Preparing meals
  • Accessing the community

A good SDA provider should be able to have a high level of attention towards these kinds of accommodations – improved and fully accessible, full physical support and understanding. 

Here are some tips before your start on this journey – 

  1. SDA is the housing or home –  It is different to the support a person with a disability gets to live in that home like SIL 
  2. SDA funding would be paid to the person who has a disability
  3. People can lease SDA housing or a room in a group home from a registered SDA Provider like OSAN Ability Assist. 
  4. Obtaining SDA is a long process so remember to start early. 
  5. You should make sure that the reason for receiving the accommodation is to fulfil the goals you set out with the planner. 
  6. You could upgrade to wanting SDA after years of being an NDIS participant. 
  7. You should be able to change your plan if you are an existing NDIS participant. 

If you are looking for accommodation with fully equipped facility and services, contact OSAN Ability assist to know more about the kind of accommodations we have to offer. OSAN covers all services a disabled person would need. Contact us and we can have a quick call about your  situation.

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