Today, we have Minh sitting down with Brendon again, in person, courtesy of the ADAPT HOUSING team who have let us use their office due to lack of accessibility at our Woolloongabba office in Brisbane. Adapt's office is situated on Eagle St, Brisbane CBD (a lovely high-rise office building) and have allowed Brendon and Minh to get together for an interview.
Brendon is an our new team member who brings his Lived Experience of being an SDA Participant onto our team, The SDA HOUSING Podcast. We are so looking forward to the energy that Brendon brings to our awesome team. He recently started working with our company, as PARTICIPANT LEAD, and he wants to use the platform of this channel to show his passion of advocacy work in the NDIS space to help Participants achieve what he got himself, which is 'choice and control' as an SDA funded Participant. What he doesn't want to see, is for other Participants to go through almost 3 years of pain and stress, in fighting the NDIA at the AAT, like he himself had to endure. We know that his story is inspirational, maybe not to himself, but definitely to those around him who had to watch from afar.
This episode is all about Brendon, and for him to tell his story (past and present) and his thoughts about the challenges of daily living for Participants. Its important that we as outsiders hear more from the perspective of Participants, and it is our honest hope that you our listeners set aside some time to listen to this interview with Brendon, and to think of the other 25,000 odd people just like Brendon, who are funded within SDA, but most of which do not have the opportunity to live in an SDA home.
Affordable and accessible housing for people with disabilities is difficult to secure. Many Participants face obstacles to qualify for SDA housing, let along SIL housing, and they have to go through discrimination and exclusion constantly. Therefore, we all need to play a part in society by helping those that are less fortunate than us, and to think of the "outcome" and not the "income" (as investors) in this disability world. This is what Brendon's goal is, by being an advocate for Participants who may not have a voice to be heard. This is why Brendon has joined NDIS PROPERTY AUSTRALIA, and that is to be heard.
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Our goal is to see Participants with high-needs disabilities being appropriately housed in accommodation that is right for them. Purpose-built homes promote opportunities for social and economic participation, enhance self-determination, and create conditions for Participants to lead vibrant, safe, and independent lives.