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What is Specialist Disability Accommodation?
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is funding for a small percentage of NDIS participants who require specialised housing.
Participants need to show that they have very high support needs and/or extreme functional impairment to qualify for SDA.
SDA is designed to provide an environment that offers the participant more independence and choice and control and allows supports to be delivered more efficiently and cost effectively.
Many participants who will qualify for SDA are currently residing in Aged Care Facilities, hospital beds, unsuitable old-style disability group homes or at home with aging parents.
Types of Specialist Disability
SDA can be provided in several different building types:
A house can accommodate 2 or 3 participants and generally includes an additional room/office for the care team.
An apartment can be 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms and can accommodate 1 or 2 participants.
A separate apartment for the care team is generally provided in the apartment complex.
Villas/Townhouses and Duplexes can be 1,2 or 3 bedroom and can accommodate 1, 2 or 3 participants. There is generally an additional room/office for the care team.
NDIS and SDA statistics
As the NDIS and SDA sector matures, the number of SDA dwellings around Australia is increasing.
SDA New Build
Categories of Specialist Disability
Specialist Disability Accommodation has 4 different categories providing housing that caters for different disabilities
High Physical Support
A High Physical Support home is designed specifically for NDIS participants who have significant physical impairment and require very high levels of support.
An Improved Liveability (IL) home is designed specifically for NDIS participants who may find it difficult to see or understand things around them.
A Fully Accessible home for NDIS participants with severe physical impairment, equipped with extensive accessibility features.
A specialized Robust home for NDIS participants with cognitive and/or psychosocial disabilities, offering a safe environment away from urban areas.