RIDBC Welcomes Government Investment in Rural Communities

29/05/12
NBN BusNational Broadband Network (NBN) will enhance the RIDBC Teleschool program by ensuring a faster, more efficient and reliable service.

As the pioneer and most experienced provider of videoconferencing services in the field of sensory impairment, the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) welcomes the recent announcement made by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, that remote schools and health clinics will have early access to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

This shows that the Government is addressing the real needs of rural and regional Australian families as more children with vision or hearing loss gain access to expert support.

“RIDBC welcomes this action by the Government as RIDBC has been accessing children and families in remote and regional Australia for eight years through our RIDBC Teleschool service,” said RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn.

“RIDBC has long recognised that families who live in these areas often have limited or no local access to expert assistance for their child with vision or hearing loss. To overcome this isolation, RIDBC Teleschool utilises high-quality videoconferencing technology to ensure that these families have access to RIDBC’s expert staff based in Sydney.

“RIDBC has developed the critical support resources required to ensure that remote delivery is just as effective - if not more so - than centre based services.”

RIDBC is proud to be able to offer services to any child with vision or hearing loss regardless of their needs, providing services to children from all cultural backgrounds, to those who are deaf/blind, to children who access Auditory-Verbal therapy or Auslan programs, and to those who require augmentive/alternative communication services.

“RIDBC is currently linked to many of the schools who will be able to access the NBN through the Government’s Interim Satellite Service (ISS), and we know first-hand how much these families will benefit from better and more reliable internet coverage,” said RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn.

For the last five years FaHCSIA has been supporting RIDBC to continue to provide expert services to children with a vision or hearing loss across rural and regional Australia via telecommunication technologies.

As Australia’s largest and most experienced provider of therapy and education services using telecommunication technologies, RIDBC welcomes the roll-out of the National Broadband Network (NBN). This will enhance the RIDBC Teleschool program by ensuring a faster, more efficient and reliable service.

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