As the full roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) commences across Australia, many people with disability, and their families and support networks, are still unsure of exactly what it will mean for them when it finally comes to their area – especially when it comes to people’s options of where and how they live.
Like with the roll out of many new initiatives, in the coming years I expect demand will slowly start to generate supply, and we will start to see some new and really exciting responses to people’s individual accommodation needs.
Having recently attended the NDIS Housing Showcase in Melbourne, I became aware of some of the innovative housing solutions for people with disability that are already starting to come on to the market, especially for people who have the ability to use technology.
I was particularly impressed by the application of ‘Smart’ house technology, much of which can be controlled from devices such as tablets or smart phones, and how homes with these innovations are making more-independent living far more achievable for many people. However it still seems that new and innovative housing solutions for people with intellectual disability or cognitive impairments are largely yet to emerge.