DisabilityCare Australia Launched in the Hunter

RIDBC Hunter students work with their teacher.

Today, Monday, 1 July 2013, DisabilityCare Australia will be launched in the Hunter region. Royal Institute for Deaf And Blind Children (RIDBC) welcomes the introduction of the scheme which will provide the means for people with a disability to receive appropriate levels of support to assist them to face the challenges that are often associated with living with a disability.

RIDBC Hunter currently provides individualised therapy and education programs to more than 60 families of children with vision or hearing loss in the Hunter region.

“RIDBC is dedicated to ensuring the very best outcomes for children with vision or hearing loss, and their families. We are committed to working within the new framework to continue to deliver our expert therapy and education programs,” said RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn.

“We have worked with the Government and DisabilityCare Australia from the start to ensure that we are prepared for the roll-out of the scheme and that the scheme will deliver the necessary benefits for people with a disability.”

Less than 30% of RIDBC revenue is government funded.

“RIDBC will still rely significantly on the generosity of the greater Hunter Region in order to continue our important work. At RIDBC, we pride ourselves on delivering family-centred, individual programs for children with vision or hearing loss and we have been working for some time reviewing and enhancing our programs in readiness for the new person-centred funding model,” said Mr Rehn.

It is expected that 10,000 people in the Local Government Areas of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland will be able to access support during the launch program. The scheme will be progressively rolled out across NSW and the rest of Australia in the coming years. The region will join four other sites around the country, revolutionising the way in which we support Australians with a disability.

RIDBC is Australia’s largest provider of services for children with hearing or vision loss, assisting thousands of children a year across Australia.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.  In order to maintain its intensive support and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $2.5 million every month.