Policy Submission: Disability Supported Accommodation Program
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JFA Purple Orange made this joint policy submission with the Community Living Project in 2007 to the Disability Supported Accommodation Program about a Disability Support and Housing Assistance Program.
A collective of people representing advocacy and service organisations across Australia forwarded this submission for consideration. It wished to bring to the attention of Disability Supported Accommodation Program (DSAP) that:
- The group of people with disability targeted by the Disability SupportedDSAP are likely to have an established home, a loving family and a network of informal support, specific skills to manage their environment and some plans for their future.
- The term “supported accommodation” connotes an image of the for profit homeless accommodation with a reputation for abuse and neglect. This clearly confuses what DSAP considers as best practice in supporting people with disability.
The collective proposed that FaCSIA name this program Disability Support and Housing Assistance Program and the purpose be to assist people with disability to establish or maintain their own home
within their community and to build a rich and full adult life with informal and paid supports when their families are no longer able to provide the primary care.