RIDBC Hunter Celebrates the International Day of People with Disability

03/12/12
International Day of People with Disability LogoInternational Day of People with Disability - 3 December 2012

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Hunter will hold an interactive information session as part of the International Day of People with a Disability on Monday 3 December from 10am -12pm.

The event coincides with the introduction of the draft National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Bill into Parliament. As a launch site, the Hunter region will be one of the first in Australia to be included in the Scheme.

RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn, said RIDBC applauds the Federal Government for its continued support of the NDIS and very much looks forward to working in partnership during its implementation.

“RIDBC is dedicated to ensuring the very best outcomes for children living with vision and hearing loss and their families. We believe that the NDIS will provide much needed financial support to those facing the challenges that are often associated with living with a disability.”

The theme for this year’s International Day for People with a Disability is removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all. The information session at RIDBC Hunter will include demonstrations of accessible technologies by RIDBC Assistive Technology Consultants.

RIDBC Consultant, Mike Corrigan, who was born blind, says the rate of technological innovation in the disabilities space has greatly accelerated in a way not seen since the early 1990s.

“It’s such an exciting time in terms of access for children and it has brought accessibility a long way forward,” said Mr Corrigan.

“Combined with early diagnosis, quality intervention and a dedicated family, technology has the potential to provide opportunities for deaf children and blind children today that were unheard of even 10 years ago.”

Everyone is welcome to attend the session and morning tea will be provided. RIDBC Hunter is located at 160 Floraville Road, Floraville. For more details please call RIDBC Hunter on 4942 8455.  

The information session is proudly supported by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

RIDBC Hunter opened 21 years ago in Floraville in response to increased demand for specialist hearing and vision loss services in the Hunter region. Since opening, the centre has provided education and therapy services to hundreds of children and families through a preschool, early learning program, parent support groups and early learning groups.

RIDBC is Australia’s largest provider of services for children with hearing or vision loss, assisting thousands of children a year across Australia.  As Australia’s premier provider of training and education for professionals in the field of sensory disability, RIDBC ensures that services delivered throughout government and non-government organisations remains cutting-edge.