RIDBC’s 150th Annual General Meeting

23/05/11
Daniel and SamDaniel and Samuel were recipients of the Garfield and Norma Barwick Prize Medal at the 150th AGM

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) held its 150th Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 18 May.

The AGM recognised the achievements of its graduating students both from RIDBC Student Support Services and the 60 professionals graduating from the RIDBC Renwick Centre postgraduate programs.

“The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children is very proud of its 150 year history, however, this AGM is a chance to reflect on the opportunities now available for children with vision or hearing impairment,” said RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn.

Student prize winners, Samuel Brewer and Daniel Harris, were recipients of the Garfield and Norma Barwick Prize Medal, awarded to a student assisted by RIDBC who has achieved the most outstanding performance in the HSC.

Both boys credit their RIDBC teachers, Brian Conway and Tim Cheesman, for not only the educational support but the personal and emotional support which helped them through their HSC.

“As these boys have shown, high quality early intervention and education coupled with the right technology can make a huge difference to a child with a vision or hearing impairment,” said Mr Rehn. “We wish them both the best of luck in their tertiary studies.”

The Chief Executive also launched the 2010 Annual Report on the night which is available online at www.ridbc.org.au/publications/annualreport.asp

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children provides vital support to over 970 children with significant hearing and/or vision impairment and their families across Australia. As well, RIDBC provides vision and hearing screening to around 2000 babies and children each year.