Specialist Disability Accommodation

Jennifer Merriman from Summer Foundation discusses the different categories of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDAs).

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)

SDA is the funding available for the bricks and mortar for eligible NDIA participants who have an extreme functional impairment or require very high, person to person support needs (i.e. they are unable to live in mainstream housing).

They are specifically designed or modified to suit the needs of the person with a disability, to live more independently and safely with the required day-to-day support.

There are two pathways to SDA:

  1. Extreme Functional Impairment (In mobility or self-care or self-management)
  2. Very High Support needs

The SDA legislation (under the National Disability Insurance Agency Act) sets out guidelines and parameters for what constitutes pathways.

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