“This new process will mean less red-tape for NDIS participants and their families, and faster access to minor works they need done to allow them to live safely and more independently in their homes,” Minister Shorten said. Eligible NDIS participants will no longer need to go through protracted NDIA processes for minor, non-structural modifications that cost under $20,000.
More patients with a disability who have been medically cleared but are stuck waiting in hospital for a NDIS plan will be able to go home earlier, with the Andrews Labor Government expanding a program to reduce bed block around the state. The $39 million Pathways to Home program helps patients with a disability transition home or into home-like accommodation once they are medically fit for discharge from hospital, and while they await their permanent accommodation plans through the NDIS.
Amy Marks had to wait for hours on the floor of her “inaccessible” Melbourne apartment after she fell while reaching for a glass. Marks can’t reach her kitchen cabinets and has to keep her plates on the floor. Even getting an Uber has become a nightmare as there’s no accessible parking nearby.
People living with a disability are waiting 160 days on average for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to get them out of hospitals, even though they have been found fit to leave,
I’m disabled and homeless – yet I’m constantly forced to jump through hoops just to prove I need support
Trying to get a rental property under my own name is a nightmare, because real estate agents don’t like the look of me on paper. I’m on a full disability pension. I’m searching for work – be it casual, part-time or full-time – but it’s hard to hold down a job when you’ve got weekly medical appointments. And with no employment or rental history, you can’t secure a rental property.
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Sometimes it meant “14 days without a shower”, Colin said. “I‘ve got no support, I’ve got nothing. I’ve got no way of cooking food, there is no fridge … [The] bathroom I can’t use,” he said.
On any night there’s an estimated 116,000 homeless people in Australia and the majority of them have a disability. “Having nowhere to go after hospitalisation … that’s one of the difficulties I faced,” she said. “You just feel nothing, you’ve got nowhere to go, you don’t really have the ability or the finance to feel anything, so it’s nothingness.
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Should newly built homes have to be accessible for frail elderly people or people with a disability? Aged and disability advocates certainly think so, and they’re urging a meeting of housing ministers on Friday to push for agreement on national accessible building standards.
The SDA provider experience report shows there are more than 1,000 vacancies in new, purpose-built homes. The report shows that the vacancies are not due to a lack of demand, but because of issues with the NDIA’s role as ‘market steward’. That includes slow, inaccurate decisions by the NDIA on housing and providing a lack of accurate demand data for example.
Accommodating adults with intellectual disabilities and high support needs in Individual Supported Living arrangements
This research investigated Individual Supported Living (ISL) arrangements, which have been developed to provide appropriate and preferred homes for persons with intellectual disabilities and high support needs. Study participants highlighted the benefits of quality ISL arrangements and the challenges in developing and maintaining them. Coordination of disability and housing policies and practices will enhance the sustainability of these arrangements. This includes the need to recognise and coordinate access to affordable and suitable housing, as well as in-home support.
In May last year Samar Bain, 33, moved into a new apartment provided by the NDIS’s specialist disability accommodation (SDA) program. The home, in Heidelberg in Melbourne’s north-east, gives her the freedom and independence she has long desired. But changes to her NDIS plan mean she faces being forced to move back into shared accommodation.
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Our new research found specialist housing, that incorporates technology and communication tools, improves independence, health, well-being and community integration. New disability housing has enormous potential to improve the effectiveness of paid support and address housing and workforce issues.
For many years, providers have been delivering the support within complex systems that are often poorly funded and with a structure determined by funding bodies. When the NDIS came along and categorised supports in the home, SIL was the category most closely aligned with the block-funded model. The NDIA used “SIL” and its quoting tools primarily to enable the transfer of state- and territory-supported accommodation residents into the national Scheme.
“These changes will reduce red tape, and remove a number of practical and administrative concerns participants and providers have raised, to ensure it’s easier for participants to access home and living supports.”
In particular, we want to discuss ways to increase the power that people with disability have over their homes and over their lives, so that decisions about creating the home sit in the hands of the people living in it.