RIDBC celebrates inspiring Fathers on Father’s Day

31/08/17
Andrew celebrates Father's Day with his daughter Lola.Andrew celebrates Father's Day with his daughter Lola.

For Baulkham Hills father, Andrew, Father’s Day is particularly special with thanks to support from Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC).

At just 7 weeks of age Lola was diagnosed with congenital bilateral cataracts. Shortly after diagnosis, Lola had her first eye operation. Her journey began with RIDBC at 10 months old and through expert early intervention she has transitioned seamlessly to preschool.

Lola is now four years old and is learning new skills with support from RIDBC. 

“Just before Lola turned one she started receiving early intervention from RIDBC. Her early learning consultant would visit our home once a week and bring Lola beautiful vision toys and activities to play with which really helped Lola with her development,” said Lola’s dad, Andrew.

Lola attends RIDBC VisionEd Preschool which prepares children to transition to school life with a focus on language and social skills, foundation skills for literacy and numeracy, low vision aid and access technology training, orientation and mobility, and independent self-care skills.

“Lola loves going to preschool and has completely thrived since she started,” said Andrew. “With continued support from RIDBC, my wife Amelia and I feel confident Lola is going to have the best start in life and will be able to do whatever she wants.”

RIDBC VisionEd Preschool are working hard to get Lola ready for school.

“Lola is a divine, self-assured and adventurous little girl who adores preschool,” said RIDBC VisionEd Preschool Director, Kathryn Bowie.

“It’s our hope that Lola will progress from here on to her local mainstream school along with her brother and will fit into the classroom like any other child starting big school.”

What does Father’s day mean to Andrew?

“Father’s Day to me is a day of celebration for all Dad’s. Father’s play a massive role in their child’s development and sometimes the importance is overlooked. It’s also a day to sit back and appreciate what a wonderful family I have and how proud they make me feel.”

RIDBC is a charity and Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and cochlear implant services for people with hearing or vision loss, supporting thousands of adults, children and their families, each year.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in people's lives.