People with very high needs require special accommodation that enables them to receive the supports they need. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) refers to this as Specialist Disability Accommodation
SDA homes may range from a purpose built apartment in a mixed development through to a modified free standing house. A fact sheet on SDA is available on the NDIS website.
The various design categories are Basic, Improved Liveability, Fully Accessible, Robust and High Physical Support. Brief of the requirements are noted below as are noted in the SDA NDIS Price Guide.
Vista Access Architects have worked on a number of NDIS SDA homes, some of which have just completed construction. Please refer to our Project section for photos of the completed homes
Housing without specialist design features but with a location or other features that cater for the needs of people with disability and assist with the delivery of support services
Minimum Features required for Basic:
The Basic design category only applies for Existing Stock or Legacy Stock and cannot be included in a participant’s plan except as an alternative interim option or if the participant already lives in Basic design SDA.
Housing that has been designed to improve ‘liveability’ by incorporating a reasonable level of physical access and enhanced provision for people with sensory, intellectual or cognitive impairment
Minimum Features required for Improved Liveability design category
Housing that has been designed to incorporate a high level of physical access provision for people with significant physical impairment
Minimum Features required for Fully Accessible design category
Housing that has been designed to incorporate a high level of physical access provision and be very resilient, reducing the likelihood of reactive maintenance and reducing the risk to the participant and the community
Minimum Features required for Robust design category
Housing that has been designed to incorporate a high level of physical access provision for people with significant physical impairment and requiring very high levels of support.
Minimum Features required for High Physical Support design category