RIDBC Hunter celebrates 20th Anniversary in the region

07/11/11
Cutting the cake to celebrateRIDBC teacher Trish, past student Courtney, RIDBC Hunter Director Wendy, and volunteer Kaye, cutting the cake at the RIDBC Hunter Open Day in celebration of the centre's 20th Anniversary

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Hunter Centre has celebrated 20 years of service in the region with a week of 20th Anniversary celebrations.

As part of the week, past and present students, families, volunteers, and the local community were invited to enjoy an Open Day at RIDBC Hunter, with an opportunity to take a look around the Centre to gain an insight into the wonderful work that is done there to help children with a hearing or vision impairment.

RIDBC Hunter has provided education and support to hundreds of children and families in the region through a range of services.

RIDBC Hunter Director, Wendy Dorn, said the 20th Anniversary milestone was a chance to celebrate the success of a wonderful local centre.

“Families, staff and volunteers were involved in a range of activities for the anniversary. It allowed us to thank those who have helped make the Centre what it is today,” said Wendy.

RIDBC Hunter, originally named the Tingara Centre, was officially opened on 31st October 1991. Since opening, the Centre has supported over 900 children with hearing and vision loss from the Hunter region.

RIDBC Hunter offers both an early learning program and preschool from birth to school age. The RIDBC Hunter Early Learning Program team works with families to design, develop and implement an individual program for each child.

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children provides assistance to over 1000 children with significant hearing and/or vision impairment and their families across Australia. RIDBC also provides vision and hearing screening to a further 2000 babies and children each year.