Shift Housing Solutions Forum wrap-up

Sep 28, 2021

Collages of images from the Housing Solutions Forum

Shift Accessible Homes held a sold out Housing Solutions Forum and expo on Thursday 23 September which was a great success, and Shift’s very first event held for customers and industry peers.

Customers, NDIS providers and other sector peers had the opportunity to hear from industry experts about accessible housing options available to people living with disability.

Speakers included Senator the Hon. Linda Reynold CSC, Minister for the NDIS, the Hon. Don Punch MLA, Minister for Disability Services, and National Disability Insurance Agency State Manager, Ed Duncan, who discussed specialist disability accommodation (SDA) in Western Australia and its importance in giving NDIS participants the choice and control to live independently.

Catherine Evans, mother of Rocky Bay customer Rebecca Evans, who was an early adopter of SDA, was also a speaker and shared their family’s experiences.

The forum allowed attendees to find out more about SDA eligibility, SDA funding models, design categories and requirements and the co-design process for SDA housing, as well as discover more about Shift’s current builds which are underway in Yangebup and East Victoria Park.

“It’s very exciting to be able to share Shift’s work with the community, and it’s been a wonderful opportunity for us to not only help inform, but to give our customers and their families a voice when it comes to their SDA needs and independence” said Rocky Bay CEO, Michael Tait.

“It was great to hear that today’s attendees found our speakers and the forum extremely insightful. It armed those interested in SDA with the knowledge to empower them to make decisions about how they want to live.”

Attendees were able to explore the Shift and Rocky Bay expo area showcasing the very latest in home modifications and assistive technology.

Shift Design Manager, Jess Clarkson, said the opportunity to share the work of Shift with customers and the community is exciting.

“Today was a fantastic opportunity to hear the perspectives of our customers and their families which for us will influence great housing outcomes for people with disabilities,” Jess said.

“Our goal at Shift is to ensure we design for our customer’s needs. We follow best practice in accessible housing design and ensure that people living with disability are empowered throughout the process, and this event is just one part of that.”  

Shift Accessible Homes, Western Australia’s leading SDA provider, open the doors that lead to a better life, one by one. As a Rocky Bay company, Shift are breaking down barriers and unlocking life-changing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities by building innovative SDA homes to the highest standards.  

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