Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)
Specialist Disability Accommodation or SDA is the bricks-and-mortar aspect of disability accommodation supports funded by the NDIS. It is meant to help people living with disabilities live independent life. SDA is the housing option specially created to meet the support requirements of people with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs.
SDA provides money to cover the cost of the house or structure that a person lives in. Services or support the client could get in that home are not covered by SDA. The support is covered by the SIL funding. Rent or other personal expenses will often still need to be covered for the person to reside in an SDA.
Who is eligible for SDA?
Not everyone is eligible for SDA as it is a costly program. Only a handful of NDIS participants receive the SDA funding. The eligibility criteria are robust and you will get the funding only if you satisfy Every eligibility criterion.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is SDA or Specialist Disability Accommodation?
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is an initiative started by NDIS to fund the design and building of specialised homes to meet the unique and specific support needs of individuals living with disabilities.
SDA allows people with disabilities to live in a home, unit, or apartment, gain more freedom and get support services like Supported Independent Living (SIL) services or Independent Living Options (ILO).
What are the different levels of SDA housing?
SDA houses are built to fit within one of the five SDA categories with different minimum accessibility requirements.
The category of housing assigned to you depends on your specific support needs
- Basic – This house doesn’t have any specific design features, it is a normally built house. Funding for this is only included in an NDIS plan if an individual has lived there before, and chooses to continue living there.
- Improved Liveability – These are the houses that are designed for better physical access. The house is accessible to people with sensory, intellectual or cognitive impairments.
- Fully Accessible – Houses that provide a high level of physical access to people facing higher physical challenges.
- Robust Construction –These houses include a high level of physical access, and are built to make daily living safe for everyone, making them ideal properties for individuals who display behaviours of concern. These houses are strong and durable.
- High Physical Support –These houses are specially designed to offer a high level of physical access for people with significant physical disabilities and support people who require very high levels of support
What are the benefits of SDA?
Modern SDA housing helps individuals with disabilities to accomplish daily living duties with more freedom thanks to custom and spacious floor layouts and assistive technology that responds to the particular support requirements of each resident.
Are only People with Physical Disabilities eligible for SDA?
Only people with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs are eligible for NDIS. However, that doesn’t only include physical impairment, people with high levels of cognitive and intellectual impairments are also eligible.
What is the main difference between SDA, SIL and ILO?
SDA funds the design and building of the physical property. In other words, it covers the cost of the home whereas SIL or ILO funds cover the support services received in the home.