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Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) relies on funding from our generous supporters to provide quality and innovative education, therapy and cochlear implant services to children and adults with vision or hearing loss across Australia.

Non-government grants received in 2015 provided funding across the organisation for pilot programs, specialised equipment, site development and scholarships. Grants funders ensured that innovative programs could be trialled before recurrent funding is sourced and RIDBC is able to utilise the latest equipment and technology available for assessment, therapy and access to education.

RIDBC is grateful to all the Trustees and Directors for considering RIDBC’s funding submissions in 2015 to allow RIDBC to continue to support people with vision or hearing loss.

Other projects funded from grants included the purchase of special therapy equipment to assist children who have physical disabilities in addition to a sensory loss. Grants also supported the development of a suite of iPad apps for RIDBC’s growing e-library. These apps encourage language development in young children and allow access to learning resources for older children using the same everyday technology that is being used by their sighted and hearing peers.

Most projects were funded from a single grant, but for some, trustees agreed to co-fund to allow an important capital development to go ahead or to enable an innovative project to be trialled.

RIDBC would appreciate the opportunity to provide additional information about the current and projected service demand, plans to develop new sites and expand programs, and the funding needs.  Should you wish to meet with RIDBC’s Executive Directors to discuss funding a project or program, please contact RIDBC’s Grant Manager on (02) 9872 0249.

Dorothea Collins Trust Fund

RIDBC is extremely grateful to the Trustees of The Dorothea Collins Trust Fund for financing the development of Canberra’s new, state-of-the-art facility which provides support for local families; the development of kits for the Senses Program for mainstream schools; vital equipment for RIDBC VisionEd Alternate Format Publications department; and further development and facilitation of The Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register.

Dorothea Collins (nee Suhr), known as Dot, was born in 1913 in Croydon, Sydney. As a single mother, struggling to raise two children on her own, Dot decided to leave a bequest in her will to charity and help people in need. The proceeds from her small house in The Southern Highlands were invested by John Stafford (Dot’s nephew) and grew into a successful portfolio.

“An ordinary person has managed to do an extraordinary thing. Dot had a very difficult family life and would be proud to know her gift will continue to change the lives of people and their families in the years to come,” said Dot’s niece, Robyn Stafford.

“As Dot’s sister suffered from glaucoma and began losing her sight during her mid-sixties, the family decided to support RIDBC vision related projects to support the best outcomes for children with vision loss. We feel the new Canberra site is a lovely memorial to Dot and we’re delighted to know that her bequest will help future families and generations in the region, where Dot once lived,” said Robyn.