An inclusive and accessible living environment is not only a matter of accommodation but a fundamental human right. It enables individuals with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives, contribute to society, and be active participants in their communities. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) creates inclusive and accessible living environments for its participants with the help of funded supports such as Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). While both are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities, they serve distinct purposes and cater to different aspects of support.
Supported Independent Living focuses on paid personal assistance to navigate daily living activities and community participation, whereas Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) addresses the need for specialised housing to accommodate extreme functional impairment or very high support needs. SDA focuses on creating housing options that are purpose-built or modified to meet the specific needs of individuals with severe disabilities.
This ensures that the physical environment is accessible and inclusive for them. Meanwhile, SIL support ensures that people with disabilities develop and maintain the skills necessary for independent living while receiving appropriate support at home. SIL support is designed to be flexible and adaptable to accommodate changes in the needs of participants over time. The level of support can be adjusted based on evolving circumstances. SIL often works in collaboration with other NDIS-funded supports and services to create a comprehensive and coordinated support plan. That means a participant living in SDA housing can access SIL support as well if it is found to be ‘reasonable and necessary’ according to the NDIS norms.
Aastha Community Services believes that creating an inclusive and accessible living environment for people with disabilities is very important as it directly contributes to their overall well-being, independence, and quality of life. Through our SIL and SDA support and services, we make your journey towards independence a whole lot easier. Contact us today to know more.