Specialist Disability Accommodation is Your Home
Home – the place you should feel truly comfortable, to be your self, to choose who else shares it with you, whether permanently or for a short time.
SDA is Not a Workplace
In SDA you have people come in to provide you with supports, but who they are should be your choice.
There shouldn’t be work place health and safety signs and other sorts of workplace/business signage or things around (the OOA may be the exception to this), it should look like your home.
SDA Means You Choose Your Supports
There should never be an exclusive SIL etc in your home. You should get to choose who delivers your supports, whether that is independent support workers, or a SIL Provider. The participants who NDISP are privileged that they are happy to call our places home often share the same SIL Provider, but that is always the participants choice and your SDA provider should not be involved in your care, nor a related provider.
If you don’t get total choice and control. If there is an exclusive agreement for SIL or personal care supports etc and you can’t choose your own, then complain to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.
SDA is Not a Facility or Institution
SDA properties need to meet standards, but can do so without having hospital taps, blue or grey toilet seats or any of those other things that makes you feel like you’ve gone into a commercial or hospital bathroom.
It’s easy and lazy design to just use standard accessible bathroom layouts and materials, but it’s just not necessary.