A young man standing and looking out the window in an old country house. He is weraing a hat and a hooded jumper.

Better off without them

Andy lived in an independent SDA unit, accessing shared SIL supports, but his SIL provider reported issues associated with his alleged ‘challenging behaviour.’ It withdrew support and issued an eviction notice, giving Andy only 24 hours’ to vacate. The SDA…
Mother interacting with her daughter in a park, she is leaning in close and tucking her daughters hair behind her ear. The daughter is looking down and smiling.

No more excuses

The parents of Rina, a young woman with autism spectrum disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and severe intellectual disability, applied to the NDIA for funding for bathroom modifications that Rina required. The NDIA refused the request for bathroom modifications, stating Rina…
Close up of a woman standing at a window, leaning up against it with her head resting on folded arms against it, looking out and looking sad and lonely.

Out of the bureaucratic maze

Leia tried three times to join the NDIS but was turned down. Leia found the application process particularly difficult due to her attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia and dysgraphia. Frustrated by the experience and the decision as her medical team assured…
Close up of a young man on a farm, smiling slightly at the camera. He is wearing a cap on backwards and a yellow hoodie. Farm buildings can be seen in the background.

Escape from exploitation

Until he turned 18, Josh had lived in foster care on a remote country property, sleeping in a tent away from the main house. Josh, who has a speech impairment and mild intellectual disability, became increasingly isolated after graduating from…
Woman standing in a doorway that leads outside on a bright sunny day, with one hand resting on the frame and smiling happily. She has bright pinky red long hair, and is holding a white cane.

Fighting financial mismanagement

Jess was hospitalised while under financial administration and guardianship by the state. The state guardian was delayed in finding appropriate accommodation, so Jess was forced to remain in the public hospital but she was then told she owed the hospital…

The right fit

Casey, a woman with intellectual disability and a history of ‘challenging behaviours,’ was unhappy with the service of her supported accommodation provider. After a year of trying to find some way of changing providers without any success, Casey contacted PWDA.…
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The last resort

Judy volunteered for a NDIS independent assessment due to the barriers she faced with her NDIS access request. Judy’s condition had been stable since her brain surgery 20 years ago but was left with a debilitating neurological condition she found…
A young male wheelchair user out the front of his house in the driveway after collecting the mail.

Legal affairs

Jeremy is a man with disability who was living in supported accommodation through the numerous COVID-19 shutdowns but had suffered a wide range of abuse and harm in the place. During one lockdown, his siblings also attempted to take financial…
Older woman

Battling discrimination

Despite living in her leased apartment for years, senior citizen pensioner Lin, who lives with disability, had endured long-term elder abuse from her landlord. The on-going physical and mental discriminatory abuse became so intense it resulted in Lee being hospitalised…