What A Home Should Be.
Hello. My name is Lydia and I am from the Housing Hub team here at the Summer Foundation. The NDIS has many new options for people with disabilities, including accessible housing for those who need it. In the past, other people made decisions about how people with disabilities lived. Now people have choice and control about where and how they live. You have the right to choose where you live, who you live with, and how you live. But because this is still quite new, a lot of housing for people with disability still looks like it did before the NDIS.
The Housing Hub is working hard to create a community where housing seekers and housing providers work together to create accessible housing options. By linking these two groups, we believe we will start to quickly see much more housing being built that is exactly what people with disabilities want and need. Your home should be somewhere you feel comfortable and safe. It should be somewhere you can be yourself and spend time with the people who are important to you. Your home should support you to participate in community life. Everyone should have a home like this.
When you are looking to make changes in the future, it is important to first think about where you currently are. If you are thinking about moving, a good place to start is by thinking about where you currently live. There might be parts where you currently live that you enjoy as well as things that you would like to change. For example, you might love the suburb that you live in because it's close to your family, but you need more accessible features in your home to keep you safe.
Thinking about what you like and what you want to change means you will know what you are looking for in a home. This will help make the idea of moving less worrying. Take some time now to do the first two activities in your workbook. These activities are activity one, what your home is like now, and activity two, where I would like to live. When you have finished this, join us for the next chapter where Alicia talks to you about housing and support under the NDIS.