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SDA with on-site shared support

Specialist disability accommodation (SDA) is accommodation funded through the NDIS for long-term, accessible housing for participants with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs. One option for people who are able to live alone is SDA with on-site shared support.
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Amendments to the NDIS Act

UpSkill Lead, Linda Hughes, recently caught up with Julie-Anne Pho – the Summer Foundation’s Policy Manager to discuss recent amendments to the NDIS Act.
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UpSkill December Update

As 2021 comes to a close, we want to thank you for your ongoing work to support people with disability to achieve good outcomes and to live well in the community. We are very proud to support the development of the sector and to work alongside people with disability as allies.
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Importance of a hospital passport

Quite a few years ago we created a hospital passport with my son. A hospital passport is a really handy document to have if you need to go to hospital, particularly if you have disability and might have difficulty communicating with hospital staff.
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Supporting a person whose housing isn’t working for them

When Va was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in April 2020 she was living in her own home with her teenage son. As her condition progressed, her home was no longer suitable or safe. Va says: “It was really difficult for me, because I didn’t know what to do. Suddenly your whole life has changed.”
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Support for Decision-Making

With support for decision making now on the NDIA’s agenda, Linda Hughes writes that we can expect to hear more about people with disability having greater opportunity to be supported to make decisions about their own life.
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UpSkill Q+A with Emma Gee

Summer Foundation Projects Support Officer Helen Jeisman chats with one of the organisation’s Lived Experience advisors and curators, Emma Gee, about the Staying Connected page – a platform where people with lived experience can connect and contribute to the work of the Summer Foundation.
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ILO and Safeguards

In this month’s blog, Linda shares insights into why safeguards for people entering into an ILO arrangement are so important.
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Individualised Living Options (ILOs)

For UpSkill Lead, Linda Hughes, spending time with other people with disability and their families taught her how to see things outside the box. This experience has prepared her to help support coordinators to make the most of Individualised Living Options (ILOs) …
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UpSkill Q+A with Linda Hughes

Summer Foundation Projects Support Officer Helen Jeisman chats with our UpSkill Lead Linda Hughes about her experiences and advice to support coordinators.
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