Hon Andrew Constance MP promises $277,000 of funding for RIDBC

22/11/11
Ministers visit RIDBCMinister Andrew Constance MP, RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn, Dominic Perrottet MP and David Elliott MP

The NSW Government has announced a $277,000 recurrent funding package for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC).

Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance recently visited RIDBC with Member for Baulkham Hills, David Elliot and Member for Castle Hill, Dominic Perrottet. The Minister took part in discussions around RIDBC funding and early intervention services.

RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn said he was pleased the government had committed this funding to RIDBC early intervention and therapy services.

Mr Constance met with some of the families at RIDBC and witnessed first-hand, the broad range of early intervention services provided.

“These extra funds will help strengthen the broader service system's capacity for supporting children with a vision and hearing impairment,” Mr Constance said.

RIDBC programs and services are only possible due to a unique combination of charitable fundraising and government support.

“Intensive early intervention greatly maximises the outcomes for children with a disability, including the thousands of children with vision and hearing loss on our service. We applaud the NSW Government’s investment in such a critical area and value our ongoing partnership,” said Mr Rehn.

Mr Rehn also thanked local members Mr Elliot and Mr Perrottet for taking the time to visit RIDBC and for the interest they have shown in the organisation during their time in office.

“We are grateful for their continued support of the work of RIDBC and look forward to working closely with them in the future,” he said.

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children provides vital support and screening services to thousands of children with significant hearing or vision impairment and their families across Australia. RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.