“Lighthouse Disability is a positive organisation to be part of. They make my life easier.”
Find yourself at home with SDA you can depend on.
Why choose us?
Strong history and not-for-profit
Since 1989 we have been supporting people with disability to live their best life. We are an ACNC registered charity and always prioritise our clients' goal above all else.
With you at every stage
The SDA process can be very confusing. We're here to support you with every stage of the process.
Connecting you with like-minded providers
We truly care about the goals of our clients - that being said, sometimes we may need to refer you onto other providers for service we cannot provide. We have a number of great connections with other like-minded providers, who we can link you to.
Deciding to move out or transition from the family home is a big choice, and it's natural to have a lot of questions during this process. Our friendly and experienced team are ready and available to provide assistance. Feel free to reach out to us by:
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)?
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is an initiative under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) designed to provide tailored housing solutions for individuals with significant disabilities. Unlike traditional housing, SDA properties are purpose-built to meet the unique needs of NDIS participants, ensuring accessibility, safety, and a better quality of life.
How is SDA different from Supported Independent Living (SIL)?
While both SDA and Supported Independent Living (SIL) are integral components of the NDIS, they serve distinct purposes. SIL focuses on support services aimed at helping individuals with daily tasks like cooking, cleaning, and personal care, fostering independence in day-to-day living.
In contrast, SDA is centered on the physical accommodation itself, ensuring it is specially designed to cater to the complex needs of those with significant disabilities. SDA aims to create an environment that fosters autonomy, mobility, and accessibility.
If you choose to live in a Lighthouse Disability SDA, you may also choose us for SIL. Please note that these will be two different services and you will be required to review and sign a service agreement for SIL and a tenancy agreement for SDA.
What is an SDA provider?
An SDA provider is an organisation or entity that owns, manages, or develops SDA. SDA providers collaborate with participants, NDIS planners, and support coordinators to deliver customised housing solutions, providing ongoing support and maintenance to enhance the overall living experience.
While Lighthouse Disability is a registered SDA provider, the majority of our SIL houses are owned by community housing providers who provide SDA to our clients.
What are the different SDA categories?
SDA properties have been categorised into five groups based on the level of support they offer, each tailored to meet specific disability profiles and support requirements.
- Basic: A basic level of support but do not have extreme functional impairments or high support needs.
- Improved Liveability: Focused on design features that enhance the overall quality of life within the residence.
- Fully Accessible: Emphasides accessibility features, making the property suitable for individuals with mobility challenges.
- Robust: Designed for individuals with high-risk behaviours, requiring durable construction and safety measures.
- High Physical Support: Tailored for individuals with complex support needs, featuring advanced assistive technology and modifications.
How do I get SDA in my NDIS plan?
To include Specialist Disability Accommodation in your NDIS plan, it is crucial to discuss your housing needs with your NDIS planner. They will assess your eligibility based on the severity of your disability and the specific support requirements. If deemed eligible, your planner will work with you to identify the most suitable SDA category and make the necessary arrangements to incorporate it into your plan.