Autism Accommodation Service
SASI has six shared supported accommodation facilities providing a safe and nurturing home environment for 30 adults. These homes are available for clients over 18 years of age who require long-term accommodation support outside of their family home.
Two or three disability support staff are on hand in each home to provide individualised support on a 24/7 basis.
Staff actively encourage residents to participate in all aspects of life, to the best of their ability. For example, the resident who selects the evening menu will help prepare the meal.
Every attempt is made to engage residents in daily activities. These small steps build confidence, improve communication and enhance social skills. As a result clients learn to live more independently and better manage their behaviour.
The homes are located in:
Each resident has a Person Centred Plan (PCP). This plan provides carers with the following information about a client:
- A sense of their history
- What is important to them
- What they enjoy and dislike
- How they wish to be supported
- A list of their life goals
From this information SASI staff develop a tailored support plan defining specific goals each client wants to achieve.
The plan identifies:
- What strategies will be put in place
- Who is responsible
- How to demonstrate the achieved goals
Each plan is reviewed regularly to ensure that the individual’s goals, aspirations and needs are met.
SASI’s approach is tailored to meet client needs. Residents are not made to fit SASI’s needs. Residents can access the community and maintain relationships with family and friends.
Those interested in long term accommodation should:
- Call DHHS Intake and Response on 1300 131 079
- Request to be registered on the Disability Services Register
Many residents regularly:
- Visit family members
- Attend family functions
- Stay overnight with family
- Go on family holidays
- Enjoy group and individual recreation activities
- Attend adult day programs of choice
Vacancies within accommodation services are managed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) – Vacancy Management Process.