As part of our work to develop a new approach to home and living, we have undertaken three research projects:
- A research study in partnership with Scope Australia to understand what supports participants use when living in their preferred home, or how they work towards this goal.
- A review of research and current practice to identify what interventions or strategies best support people with disability to move out of group homes or congregate care.
- An evidence review to explore what components of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) might best meet the needs of people with significant and permanent disability.
There are different types of home and living supports that the NDIS can fund.
Our research can help to understand how best to support participants and help inform the decisions we make about home and living supports.
Exploring the use of capacity building supports to help make individualised living a reality
The NDIA and Scope Australia are undertaking a research project to understand how participants use formal and informal capacity building supports to transition to more individualised living options (ILO) and choose a home that’s right for them.
The research will focus on:
- understanding what type of supports participants with high-level in-home support needs receive through the NDIS
- how these supports can be used by participants to build the skills they need to live more independently
- the barriers and enablers to living more independently.
When we talk about ‘living more independently’, this may include things like individualised living options, such as living with friends or a host family.
The research is being carried out in two stages:
- the first phase will be through interviews and focus groups with NDIS participants, their family, carers and other supporters, as well as Scope staff. This stage is complete.
- the second phase will be through an online survey.
This research has ethical approval from Monash Health Human Research Ethics Committee RES-21-0000-492A.
Be part of this research
In late March 2022, we will:
- release a survey for participants to get their views on using capacity building supports to live how and where they want to
- interview participants, their families, and other supporters about their experiences
- survey SIL and ILO planners, LACs, partners, providers, and support workers to understand their perspectives.