Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
Annual Report 2016

Permanent Funds, Grants and SCIC Cochlear Implant Program

Permanent Funds

We would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank our supporters who established permanent funds to support RIDBC’s work.

Permanent funds list
18th Australian Infantry Brigade Association of NSW Fund
Ann Ratcliffe Fund
Dora & George Garland Memorial Fund
Elsie McLachlan Bursary Fund
Frederick Gregory- Roberts Prize Fund
Ian Paul Fund
Ivan Rado Memorial Fund
Jack and Gwen Freeman Fund
Jane Vickery Memorial Fund
Japan Australia Friendship Fund
John B Bedwell Fund
Joseph Tyrrell Fund
Neville McWilliam Prize Fund
Robert Simpson & Amy Caroline Brown & Family Fund
Stan and Betty Graham Bursary Fund for GBS
Stan Graham Bursary Fund for TPS
The Estate of Joan Isabel Craven Fund
Vera Rado Fund
William & Gladys Judd Memorial Fund
William H Boydell Fund

SCIC Cochlear Implant Program Donations

Support for the program reaches many individuals, corporate organisations and the wider community. We extend a sincere thank you to all our supporters who helped us raise over $500,000 in 2016.

Donations to SCIC Cochlear Implant Program
F L Adamson
Dallas Finney
Professor William Gibson
Marich Foundation
Dr Therese McGee
Parramore Family Foundation
Mohan Rengaswamy
Bernard Royle
F B Rice
The Donald Boden Memorial Trust


Grant funding by private Trusts, Foundations and Funds in 2016 provided support for programs and services across the organisation.

In 2016, grant funding supported the purchase of audiological equipment that will ensure precision hearing assessments to be undertaken in the new RIDBC Canberra and Port Macquarie sites. The grant funding also financed the purchase of portable devices and resources for the RIDBC School Support Service team who travel between mainstream schools supporting students with vision or hearing loss. Gross motor and positioning kits for students with a vision impairment and additional physical disabilities were also purchased through grant funding. These tools enable RIDBC educational and therapy staff to better assist children with their learning.

Seed funding for special projects and program development was also secured from private grants.

Funding was sought for a one-year project to develop the processes, establish the measurement criteria and reporting format for an Acoustics Assessment Program for mainstream preschools to foster the enrolment of children with hearing loss. Document translations were required for the Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register (ACVIR) to ensure families from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds would be included in the Register. This Register records the location of children with vision loss around Australia, and the types of services they will require in the coming years.

RIDBC is grateful to all the Trustees for their consideration of RIDBC’s funding submissions in 2016. Grant funding is often the catalyst for the development of innovative programs that in the long term enable great outcomes.

Grant Funders list
Australian Chinese Charity Foundation
Australian First Foundation
Birchall Family Foundation Trust
Brian M Davis Charitable Foundation
Bridgewater Foundation
Bruce & Joy Reid Trust
ClubGRANT - Auburn Soccer Sports Club
ClubGRANT - Blacktown Workers Club
ClubGRANT - Cabra Vale Ex-Active Servicemen's Club
ClubGRANT - Carlingford Bowling, Sports & Recreation Club
ClubGRANT - Castle Hill RSL Group
ClubGRANT - Dee Why RSL Club
ClubGRANT - Moorebank Sports Club
Commonwealth Bank Foundation
Datt Family Foundation Pty Limited
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Duchen Family Foundation Pty Ltd
Gladys Stone Foundation
Grahame Mapp Foundation
Henfam Foundation
Hildanna Foundation
Independent Property Group Foundation
James N Kirby Foundation
JLDJS Foundation
Kathleen Breen Children's Charity Trust
Kool Nominees Pty Ltd
Liangrove Foundation Pty Ltd
Maple-Brown Family Foundation Ltd
Marich Foundation
Mutual Assistance Society, Sydney
Nell & Hermon Slade Trust
Olsson Property Group Trust Pty Ltd
Parramore Family Foundation
Payne Family Charitable Fund
Rodwell Foundation Pty Ltd
Rotary Club of Carlingford
Sargents Charitable Foundation
Sibley Endowment
Skipper-Jacobs Charitable Trust
Stronger Communities Program, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
The Amelia Eliza Holland Trust
The Belalberi Foundation Pty Ltd
The Denton Family Trust
The Dick and Pip Smith Foundation
The Donald Boden Memorial Trust
The F M Bradford Endowment
The George Lewin Foundation
The Hargrove Foundation
The Hildanna Foundation
The J & G Bedwell Endowment
The John Bedwell Endowment
The Johnson Family Foundation
The Living Bread Foundation
The Perpetual Foundation
The Profield Foundation Trust
The Rydge Foundation
The Shaw Foundation
The Snow Foundation
The UBS Australia Foundation
The Unsworth Foundation
The Veolia Mulwaree Trust
The Vernon Foundation
Thomas Hare Investments Trust Pty Ltd
Transport Employees' Welfare Fund Limited

Reaching for the Stars!

Thanks to the generosity of the Dick and Pip Smith Foundation, three fortunate RIDBC School Support Service (Vision Impairment) students were given the opportunity of a lifetime.

“Space camp opened my eyes to a new
perspective and the experience really helped
me to grow,” said RIDBC student, Griffith

Caption: "Space camp opened my eyes to a new perspective and the experience really helped me to grow," said RIDBC student, Griffith

In 2016, Griffith, Paul, and Isaac and RIDBC teachers, Robyn and Claire, took part in the US Space and Rocket Center’s annual SCIVIS – Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students in Huntsville, Alabama. The week-long camp, coordinated by teachers for the visually impaired, is accessible to blind and vision impaired students through adapted speech, large print and braille materials.

Space camp provided the students with a variety of new and challenging experiences such as simulated space missions, rocket launches and realistic astronaut simulators as well as independent travel skills through airports, travelling on planes and around Space Camp. The students learnt about the mystery and adventure of space and were given the opportunity to meet and develop friendships with other students with vision impairment from all over the world.

Space Camp began in 1990 with 20 students and five teachers. This year there were 211 trainees (or campers). There were 25 states from America and eight countries represented – the largest camp ever!