RIDBC supporting locals in Toowoomba

24/11/17
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) officially launched its new purpose-built centre in ToowoombaRIDBC officially launched its new purpose-built centre in Toowoomba

On Thursday 23rd November, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) officially launched its new purpose-built centre in Toowoomba, located at 137 Herries Street.

Philanthropist and local iconic hero from the region, Clive Berghofer and RIDBC Ambassador and Paralympian Katie Kelly were special guests at the launch event, as well as service professionals and some of the families we provide services to in the area. RIDBC President Sean Wareing and RIDBC Chief Executive Chris Rehn travelled from Sydney to be at the event.

RIDBC Clive Berghofer Centre service focuses on community relevance, integrated support options and ease of access within this brand new, purpose-built centre.

This Centre houses a multi-purpose room that includes a play area for children, a teleconference room, office space and facilities for staff, and a purpose-built sound booth designed to conduct hearing tests.

RIDBC services can be accessed face-to-face at the Centre and also remotely using video conferencing technology direct to the client’s home. This blended service approach allows access to the full range of services, while minimising the need for people to travel.

RIDBC’s range of support options include early learning groups and early intervention, individual sessions, parent support, support for cochlear implant users and other allied health support services for those with vision or hearing loss.

“RIDBC services are innovative, distinctive and responsive, improving access in local communities for people of all ages with vision or hearing loss,” said RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn. “As a charity, RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to continue to make a difference in people's lives. The incredibly generous support of local philanthropist Clive Berghofer who donated $2.8 million to RIDBC, has helped establish this Centre in Toowoomba.”

To commemorate this special occasion, Katie Kelly presented a framed gift of her Paralympian polo shirt to the Centre.

RIDBC is a charity and Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and cochlear implant services for people with vision or hearing 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.