Baulkham Hills Station Officers visit RIDBC

06/05/13
Baulkham Hillls Fire and Rescue at RIDBC

Children at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) were very excited to welcome Fire and Rescue Officers from Baulkham Hills Station for an interactive visit.

Children from all over Australia were at RIDBC in North Rocks for a residential week with families who have a child with hearing loss. They participated in an intensive, in-person language and speech development program.

Four Fire and Rescue NSW officers spent valuable time with the children, bringing with them a fire truck and a wealth of information.

RIDBC Teleschool Manager, Tracey McCann said they were very grateful that the officers gave up their time to speak with the children.

“During the residential week, the theme was transport and the families participated in a range of learning activities around types of transport.  It was wonderful to have the opportunity to see a real fire truck and talk with the officers,” said Tracey.

“Children with hearing loss require intensive education and support to develop speech and language. For our children, the visit not only teaches them essential safety lessons, but also provides an excellent opportunity to learn language in context and to develop confidence speaking in a social setting.”

Families of children who are deaf or blind in regional and remote Australia access RIDBC Teleschool via high-quality videoconferencing technology. The residential week offers not only an intensive early learning program but also a rare chance to meet other families who share similar challenges.

RIDBC assists over 3000 children with significant hearing or vision loss and their families across Australia.