Exploring the use of capacity building supports to help make individualised living a reality

Scope is working in partnership with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on a research project to understand how participants use formal and informal capacity building supports to transition to more individualised living options (ILO) and choose a home that’s right for them.

The research will focus on:

  • understanding what type of supports participants with high-level in-home support needs receive through the NDIS
  • how these supports can be used by participants to build the skills they need to live more independently
  • the barriers and enablers to living more independently.

When we talk about ‘living more independently’, this may include things like individualised living options, such as living with friends or a host family.

The research is being carried out in two stages:

  • the first phase will be through interviews and focus groups with NDIS participants, their family, carers and other supporters, as well as Scope staff
  • the second phase will be through an online survey.

Be part of this research

We are currently looking for NDIS participants, family, carers, and other supporters to participate in the focus groups (phase 1).

We want to hear for you, if you:

  • are 18 years and over
  • have lived experience with any of the following disabilities (or parent, carer, other supporter):
  • Intellectual disability
  • Down syndrome
  • On the autism spectrum
  • Psychosocial disability
  • Cerebral palsy
  • have a home and living goal, are thinking about home and living options OR have Individualised Living Options (ILO) or Supported Independent Living (SIL) funding in your plan

If you are interested in participating, please email Dr Caroline Hart chart@scopeaust.org.au or phone 0437 840 684.

This research has ethical approval from Monash Health Human Research Ethics Committee RES-21-0000-492A.