Affordable, accessible apartments for people with disabilities

More than 28,000 people across Australia require speciality disability accommodation, with more than 6,300 young Australians living in aged care homes not suited to their needs.

The NDIS through the Specialist Disability Accommodation scheme is working with accommodation providers such as Ability SDA to build new homes to allow people with a disability to live independently and to have better of quality of life.

Realising the vast need in Australia for specialist disability accommodation, Paul and Angie Simmons established Ability SDA in 2016 and embarked on several SDA building projects around the country.

With previous experience in aged care, finance and property development, Paul and Angie brought together a team of dedicated people with the goal of reducing the number of young people living in nursing homes.

Ability SDA builds large self-contained apartments that are well located, safe, tech savvy, affordable and completely accessible for people with a disability.

These stylish, purpose-built apartments include access to onsite support providers to ensure tenants can live safely and independently, whilst becoming more engaged with their community and socially included.

Ability SDA is one of the pioneers of this space, providing more than 50 accessible apartments in five locations, Gosford Central, Gosford Showground Road, Guildford, Townsville and Villawood


Paul Simmons


Paul is married to Angie and together they have 3 daughters. Paul and Angie have been building homes, apartments and commercial buildings for 18 years. Paul has a degree in economics from The Australian National University and more than 20 years experience in banking and finance. Over the last decade Paul has specialised in the aged care and retirement sector. Paul is passionate about building beautiful spaces for vulnerable people. The growing need for independent living options and the current lack of accommodation for people with disability has caused Paul and Angie to reinvent their business and focus on the provision of SDA housing.

Paul’s key responsibilities include site identification, land acquisition, feasibility, consultant coordination, financial management and project management.

While currently city based, Paul could easily find himself at home on a farm growing fruit trees and raising animals. Paul likes to switch off tending to his backyard garden, border collie named Chilli and his 4 chooks.

Angie Simmons


Angie has has a wealth of experience in property development and an intuition for how people like to live in a space. Prior to having her 3 beautiful daughters, Angie worked for Apple Computer for 5 years as their Public Relations Specialist. Angie has been the village/property manager for several retirement villages over the last 4 years. Angie has a Advanced Diploma in Marketing and PR. Angie’s real passion is for interior design. Angie has a diploma in colour and design from the International School of Colour and Design, North Sydney. Her keen eye for detail is evident in the contemporary look and feel achieved in the fixtures and finishes of the apartments she designs. Angie is especially skilled at using her carefully considered choices to make a brand new apartment feel like a warm and functional place to call home.

Angie’s key responsibilities include interior and building design, marketing, PR, consultant coordination, customer relations and property management.

Angie is a connector and people person. She loves to be deep in conversation with people to find out what they are passionate about. Angie makes lifelong friends wherever she goes.

Gemma Bodill

Marketing & Communications

Gemma is a creative with a heart for social justice. With education and experience in industrial, fashion and graphic designs, her unique skill set is an asset to the team. She has experience in business administration and a passion for visual communication and its her role to connect with the participants and show them all that Ability SDA has to offer.

Gemma loves all things design with a fondness for watercolours and typography and spends most of her time raising her young family.