Student scholarship to help the deaf and blind

02/08/11
Tom BiddleTom Biddle at RIDBC Garfield Barwick School

Carlingford Rotary Club has awarded the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Renwick Centre a generous grant to fund a student scholarship.

Orchard Hills resident Thomas Biddle, is undertaking a Master of Special Education degree at RIDBC Renwick Centre and has been named by RIDBC as the 2011 recipient.

Mr. Biddle, who has been appointed to RIDBC Garfield Barwick School, said it was a privilege to receive the award that gives him the opportunity to extend his studies.

“My Masters studies are helping me to deliver better educational support to children in the classroom. I’m really enjoying the challenge of the study and transferring it into the practical environment,” said Mr. Biddle.

“I have a particular interest in early intervention work, and am considering pursuing Speech Pathology in the future, although that would mean embarking on yet another degree!”

Professor Greg Leigh, Director of RIDBC Renwick Centre, officially accepted the award on behalf of RIDBC at the Carlingford Rotary Club’s 2011 Vocational Awards night at Oatlands Golf Club.

Professor Leigh welcomed the award as a generous contribution to the work undertaken by RIDBC Renwick Centre.

“This charitable award will allow RIDBC Renwick Centre to support Thomas in his studies,” said Professor Leigh. “Thomas is an exceptional student who received the scholarship in recognition of his abilities and his potential to influence the educational outcomes for children with sensory disabilities.”

“This work is critical because Australia is facing a chronic shortage of teachers of the deaf and teachers of children with vision impairment.”

Operating in affiliation with the University of Newcastle, RIDBC Renwick Centre is the largest provider of postgraduate education programs in the field of the education of children with a sensory disability in Australia and is among the largest and most widely recognised in this field across the world.

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children is Australia’s largest independent special educator, assisting 1000 children with significant hearing and/or vision impairment and their families across Australia. RIDBC provides hearing or vision screening for thousands more each year.

More information about RIDBC teacher training, professional development and research is available at www.ridbc.org.au/renwick.