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Fire Safety for Specialist Disability Accommodation

Fire safety Specialist Disability Accommodation

There will be fatalities! It’s not if, but when! Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) first rolled out in 2013 and is aimed at designing houses for persons with ‘Extreme Functional Impairment or Very High Support Needs’. These are identified under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (SDA) Rules 2016 as an impairment resulting in an extremely reduced functional capacity to undertake in one or more activities of mobility, self-care or self-management and has a very high need for person to person support. The result is that particular attention will need to be paid to design suitability for occupants of these dwellings in....

SDA Housing Density Requirements and Calculations

An often overlooked section of the "National Disability Insurance Scheme (Specialist Disability Accommodation) Rules 2016" is density. Unfortunately, this has not been made clear in most documentation produced. Anyone looking to create SDA within a single parcel of land must familiarise themselves with these requirements.   National Disability Insurance Scheme (Specialist Disability Accommodation) Rules 2016 Density restriction 6.14    The density restriction applies in relation to a single parcel of land with multiple dwellings (whether or not they all provide SDA) that includes a dwelling that is: (a)       a New Build; or (b)       Existing Stock referred to in paragraph 6.12. 6.15    If any of the....

The Critical Role Occupational Therapists Play in SDA

Occupational Therapists Role in Delivering Specilaist Disability Accommodation

Enabling Independence Through Good Design Working with an Occupational Therapist during the design phase of new Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) will ensure optimal outcomes for residents with complex disabilities.  While identifying the individual needs of residents with complex disabilities is a specialist skill and needs to be addressed through a formal assessment from an Occupational Therapist, it is evident that as we start to consider the needs of an individual and how their environment can either facilitate or hinder independence, the importance of both health and design professionals working collaboratively with residents to achieve successful outcomes and design quality homes....

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