Can you have multiple categories of SDA on different stories within the same house or villa without a passenger lift?

Can you have multiple categories of SDA on different stories within the same house or villa without a passenger lift

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) was implemented by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to assist with housing for people with a disability. SDA is split into four design categories that cater to participants under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and includes Improved Liveability (IL), Robust (RO), Fully Accessible (FA) and High Physical Support (HPS). As SDA Accredited Assessors, we come across many floorplans daily with multiple design categories of SDA in one dwelling. Such as, a bedroom or two for a Fully Accessible/ High Physical Support or a Robust category is proposed on the Ground Floor with an Improved....

Where can OOA or Onsite Overnight Assistance be located?

An issue that regularly comes up when doing assessments of Specialist Disability Accommodation is the location of the OOA or Onsite Overnight Assistance area for Fully Accessible and High Physical Support participants.   The NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation Design Standard is silent on any provisions for OOA. In fact, neither the SDA Design Standard nor the Pricing Arrangements for Specialist Disability Accommodation provide any guidance on where OOA shall be located or what shall be provided within the space.   In December 2021, the Accredited SDA Assessor – Update 4 was issued to all Accredited SDA assessors. This update included....

Assistive technology ready & home automation for Specialist Disability Accommodation

Independent Living Made Easy Assisted living and Smart Home Automation technology is enabling people with disabilities to live fuller and more rewarding independent lives. New home automation technology maximises the ability of those with disabilities to live independently by enabling control of their home through smart devices and voice control. The technology is seamless in its simplicity of use and is designed for use by people with disabilities in mind.  There are endless scenarios where smart home technology can help everyday living... Building Specialist Disability Accommodation that is Assistive technology ready with home automation allows users to live with a....

SDAs Must Have Sprinklers

Kew Cottages Tragedy

. Spanish philosopher George Santayana stated, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” It appears with the rollout of specialist disability accommodation we have learnt nothing from the past in how to keep people with disability safe.   Are we building fire traps for SDA Participants?   The History of the Kew Cottages Tragedy?   View the Kew Cottages history in brief   In April 1996 nine men were killed in a fire that swiftly and violently engulfed their unit at Kew Cottages, a residential institution for people with intellectual disability. But are the SDAs we are....

Upgrading an Existing House to Specialist Disability Accommodation

Refurbishing House for Specialist Disability Accommodation

Each week we receive a number of calls from people looking to convert an existing 1a house into Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). Whilst this is possible it generally is not a cost-effective exercise.   The Pricing Arrangements for Specialist Disability Accommodation 2021-22 states for New Build is as follows: A dwelling is a New Build if it meets all of the following five conditions: 1). either: a) it was issued its first certificate of occupancy (or equivalent) on or after 1 April 2016; or b) it has been renovated or refurbished and issued with a certificate of occupancy (or equivalent)....

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