Allied health professionals have the potential to play a powerful role in the lives of people with disabilities. One of their roles, is providing the advice the NDIA relies on to determine whether NDIS participants are eligible for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) funding, and the extent of that funding. Access to appropriate housing can be essential to enabling NDIS participants to live ordinary lives, one of the central premises of the Scheme. In such a context, it is essential that allied health professionals have a clear understanding of the goals, language and processes of the NDIS.
Allied Health Housing Assessments is a guide developed by the Summer Foundation to assist allied health professionals and support coordinators developing Housing Plans for NDIS participants. It draws on the Summer Foundation’s experience, as well 30 consultations with allied health professionals, family members and support coordinators. The NDIA has not produced their own template for Housing Plans, so this guide fills in a huge gap for practitioners.
The guide offers a combination of information, templates and links to other resources. It is an invaluable resource for any allied health professional or support coordinator who is just beginning their journey into the complex world of SDA.
The guide covers the following topics:
Part 1 – Allied health professionals, the NDIS and housing
Part 2 – Understanding the language of the NDIS
Part 3 – Mainstream Housing: Guidance for allied health professionals who are assessing and writing reports to support an NDIS participant in mainstream housing
Part 4 – SDA: Guidance for allied health professionals who are assessing and writing reports for an NDIS participant who is wanting to test a their eligibility for SDA
Part 5 – Capacity building strategies and interventions
Part 6 – Allied health report checklist
Part 7 – Factors to assess and relevant assessment tools
Part 8 – For support coordinators: contracting allied health housing assessments
Part 9 – Sample allied health service agreement