15 December, 2023

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Navigating the complexities of the NDIS can be challenging, especially when it comes to understanding the different types of supports available. Two key components of this scheme are Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and Supported Independent Living (SIL). This article aims to demystify these concepts, explaining how they differ, how they are funded within NDIS plans, and how the two funding models work together.

What is Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)?

SDA refers to the physical housing where a person with a disability lives. It includes the building and its fittings, designed to cater to the specific needs of residents with significant functional impairment or very high support needs.
SDA does not cover support services; it is purely about the physical environment.

What is Supported Independent Living (SIL)?

SIL, on the other hand, is a funding provision for the support services needed by people with disabilities to live independently. This includes assistance with daily tasks, personal care, and community activities.
SIL funding is meant for person-to-person supports and is separate from the physical accommodation.

Funding Differences:
SDA funding is part of a NDIS participant’s capital supports. It is for the home and its modifications and is not directly paid to the participant. Instead, it is paid to the housing provider.
SIL funding is categorised under core supports in a NDIS plan. It goes towards paying for the support workers and daily assistance the participant receives. This funding is typically managed by a service provider.

How They Work Together:

While SDA and SIL are funded separately, they often work in tandem. For instance, a participant might live in an SDA-funded home but receive daily living support funded through SIL.
The separation of funding ensures that individuals have the flexibility to choose their living arrangement independently of their support services.

Navigating the NDIS for SDA and SIL:

To access SDA, participants must meet specific eligibility criteria and have SDA included in their NDIS plan.
SIL funding is assessed based on the individual’s personal support needs and must also be included in the NDIS plan.
It’s essential to work with NDIS planners or support coordinators to understand and maximize these supports.

Understanding the distinction between SDA and SIL and how they are funded is crucial for maximising the benefits offered by the NDIS. While SDA focuses on the physical living space, SIL is about the support services enabling independence. Together, they play a vital role in enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

If you need assistance to access SIL or SDA funding in your NDIS plan or if you would like to change from your current provider, Auscare Support’s team of experienced Support Coordinators are ready to help you today.
Call us on 1800 940 515

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