Victoria’s Early Education Program for Hearing Impaired Children to work with Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children to expand their service offering

12/11/15
Victoria’s Early Education Program for Hearing Impaired Children to work with Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children to expand their service offering

Victoria’s Early Education Program for Hearing Impaired Children (EEP) unanimously passed a special resolution at yesterday’s EEP Annual General Meeting, announcing its intention to work with Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) to expand their service offering.

This announcement will see EEP expand upon its existing program of high quality services, including providing children and families with a range of clinical, educational and cochlear implant services. In time, RIDBC will acquire the full assets and liabilities of EEP, ensuring the future sustainability of this important Victorian service.

Chris Rehn, RIDBC Chief Executive said the announcement comes after significant consultation and consideration of the needs of children and families whose lives have been changed by EEP, which is based in Brighton, Victoria.

“EEP is an outstanding service, delivering essential early education and intervention programs for children with hearing loss. Many small organisations such as EEP are facing an uncertain future given the substantial changes impacting Australia’s disability services sector”, said Chris.

“RIDBC is proud to have been chosen to work with EEP to ensure its future service provision, and our focus will be very much to preserve, protect and extend the future of this important Victorian service. We see great opportunity to build upon the service to help even more children and adults with hearing loss in future.”

Sue Williams, President of the Early Education Program’s Committee of Management said they are very proud of the outcomes EEP has achieved for children and families impacted by hearing loss.

“As we transition into a new era under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the Committee were keen to ensure our service not only survived these changes, but also to find opportunities to improve and expand our services. We are excited about the possibilities that a future acquisition by RIDBC will bring for children, families, staff and for the program itself.”

The Early Education Program for Hearing Impaired Children (EEP) was established in 1980. It has operated since that time to assist families with infants and children under school age with permanent hearing loss. The main aim of the program is the promotion of deaf children’s communication and spoken language skills. This is achieved by helping parents to understand how children acquire language. The EEP programs assist parents to use strategies that facilitate their child’s listening, speech and language skills.

RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and cochlear implant services for people with hearing or vision loss, supporting thousands of adults, children and their families, each year.