What is Specialist Disability Accommodation? (SDA)

Specialist Disability Accommodation in Nambour, Sunshine Coast

Everyone deserves access to housing and accommodation that is safe, secure and meets their individual needs. Individuals with disabilities often face significant barriers to accessing specialised housing options that allow them to live independent and fulfilled lives.

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is purpose-built or modified housing designed to meet the unique needs of people with high and complex support needs.

At Sapphire Support, we are dedicated to helping participants get into Specialised Disability Accommodation to meet their unique needs.

We provide professional and compassionate SDA services and secure accommodation options to provide support and assistance for those with complex needs. For more on your eligibility and how we can help you, get in touch today.

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Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) - Sunshine Coast Lounge

Making Disability Housing Accessible

Specialist Disability Accommodation is designed with accessibility in mind to help residents live more independently and have better access to support in their homes.

This support service funds the physical house, space and any modifications required within it. As an NDIS participant, you may be eligible for SDA if you are over 18 years old, have a functional impairment or high support needs, require a home with accessibility modifications and have a reasonable and necessary need to access SDA.

At Sapphire Support, we work closely with you to identify your specific care requirements and help you access the services and support you need. We also have a newly built specialist disability accommodation home in Nambour that is tailored to the needs of participants with high and complex care requirements.

Specialist Disability Housing in Nambour

Sapphire Support’s Nambour specialist disability accommodation home has been designed to meet the needs of participants with high care requirements. This house is bright and modern, fully accessible and features a range of specialised features and modifications, including:

  • Striking architectural design
  • Beautiful functional kitchen with height-appropriate benchtops
  • Open-plan living area
  • Wide doorways
  • Accessible shower, restroom, and toilet facilities
  • Rails in the bathroom
  • Fully maintained landscaped garden

For additional accessibility and peace of mind, our home is fitted with the latest smart-home technology where residents have the ability to use their personal devices to control lights, blinds, access doors, air-conditioning and intercom systems!

To discuss your Specialist Disability Accommodation needs, get in touch with Sapphire Support today. We provide a range of services and support to help participants get the most out of their NDIS plan.

Our Nambour Specialist Disability Accommodation

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Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) - Sunshine Coast Floor Plan
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) - Sunshine Coast Dining
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) - Sunshine Coast House Sketch

Eligible For Disability Accommodation?

Specialist Disability Accommodation funding is provided to cover the brick and mortar costs of the dwelling and to support investment in high-quality SDA dwellings. The NDIA assesses whether a person is eligible for SDA in line with the NDIS (Specialist Disability Accommodation) Rules 2016

Taking the participant’s support needs and goals, funding is calculated based on a number of factors including:

  • The design category
  • Accommodation type
  • Location

This funding then allows participants to access accommodation that is consistent with their care needs and life goals. SDA funding is provided to a participant, not a dwelling, and a participant can move from one dwelling to another.

If you are not quite ready to schedule an SDA call right now,  you can complete our brief Application Form below and submit it to our team.  We will get back to you quickly to discuss availability and your next steps.

Specialist Disability Accommodation FAQ’s

What is SDA?

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is for people who require special housing solutions to help them live as independently as possible. It is designed for people who need a lot of support or whose disability has a big effect on how they live and how they do things at home.

Depending on the level of support required, an SDA property might be equipped with larger doorways, wider hallways and open living spaces, easy to access kitchen and laundry cabinetry, bedroom or bathroom aids (such as a hoist) or special technology including independent power solutions.

Can I live in SDA?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) determines who is eligible to live in SDA. It’s important to note that not all people with a disability qualify – you must have an extreme functional impairment or very high support needs.

Extreme functional impairment – this means that even if your home has been set up to suit your requirements, you still need help with everyday activities such as getting out of bed, getting dressed, making meals or going out.

Very high support needs – this means that you need significant support every day. Perhaps your parents have been providing support but may not be able to keep it up, or you’ve been living in a group or nursing home. In some cases, you may qualify if the way you act is not safe for you or the people around you.

Are there different types of SDA?

There are five types of Specialist Disability Accommodation: Basic, Improved Liveability, Fully Accessible, High Physical Support and Robust. Each design varies based on the individual needs of the person.

Sapphire Support currently offers Fully Accessible SDA, which is wheelchair accessible, has wide doorways, good visibility with lighting, accessible kitchen, along with accessible shower, restroom and toilet. 

How do I get SDA funding?

You will need to apply to the NDIS for SDA funding. When you apply, it helps to have a good support coordinator. They will assist in showing the NDIS that you qualify – that is, you have an extreme functional impairment or very high support needs.

In order to add SDA to your plan, the NDIS must be sure that the service is a reasonable and necessary way of supporting you to reach your goals. Because of this, ensure that one of your goals in the NDIS plan is to “live as independently as possible.”

It’s also worth considering reaching out to an occupational therapist who will be able to provide you with a report that explains how living in SDA will maximise your quality of life.

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