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“I feel extremely gratified that our relationship is finally valued and respected by the government”

Choosing who you live with and where, is something most of us take for granted. So, when the SDA Rule changes came about in 2020, Todd’s life changed for the better!

For Todd, SDA has allowed him more choice and control over his day; from being able to live with his wife and choose when he eats a meal or wakes up.

Let’s hear what Todd had to share…

1. How did you first find out about Summer Housing?

I have been working in the disability sector for a number of years, and have been involved with them tangentially for a decade.

2. Can you tell us where you lived before moving into Summer Housing’s apartment?

I lived in other disability accommodation since 2012, and prior to that lived with my parents.

3. What was your initial reaction/feeling when you first saw your new home?

My wife Kat and I loved the location of Circa Three, and were excited to discover that both the second bedroom and bathrooms were of standard sizes.

4. Why did you choose Circa Three, Nundah over other properties? What key features (amenities, location, community vibe, etc) drew you to the property?

We chose Circa Three over others purely based on location. The fact that 200m one way was the local train station and 200m the other way was the local shopping centre made Circa Three the only sensible choice for us.

5. What do you love most about living in Circa Three, Nundah?

The fact that Circa Three has allowed me to increase independence. It means that I am able to help with food shopping, as well as scoot to the bigger shopping centre safely on my own. That’s all I wanted.

6. Describe in one sentence what life is like living in Circa Three, Nundah?

It has allowed Kat and I to have more privacy and control about how we live our lives.

7. What has the new SDA rule changes meant to you, surrounding shared living arrangements?

This reform means that Government and the NDIA now officially recognises my wife and I as a married couple, who live at the same address. This change may seem small to outsiders, but Kat and I feel extremely gratified that our relationship is finally valued and respected by the government.

8. What advice would you give to others who are looking to take the step towards finding SDA housing?

Be patient, it takes a long time. Do your research. Link your housing needs to your NDIS goals. Be really clear about what you want, and don’t settle for anything less.