Governor of NSW visits families at RIDBC

His Excellency and Mrs Hurley visited RIDBC His Excellency and Mrs Hurley visit to RIDBC

On Tuesday 20 March, 2018, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), Governor of New South Wales, and Mrs Linda Hurley, visited the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC), at North Rocks.

The Vice Regal couple, who have been joint Patrons of RIDBC since 2014, visited to spend time meeting the children with vision or hearing loss that RIDBC supports.

"We were very pleased to welcome His Excellency and Mrs Hurley to RIDBC," said RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn. "Both His Excellency and Mrs Hurley have an obvious commitment to the provision of inclusive education and support services, and are highly engaged with the work we do with children, adults and families.

"Mrs Hurley worked as a primary education teacher and her engagement with the children and their families today was obvious. We were delighted to introduce His Excellency and Mrs Hurley to Ali Porter, whose son, Elijah, has hearing loss and has been supported by RIDBC's cochlear implant, early intervention and preschool programs. Elijah is now in a mainstream school and is thriving."

"His Excellency and Mrs Hurley were able to visit two of our schools for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and were able to participate in a bilingual, bicultural classroom where many of the students were using Auslan (Australian Sign Language)," said Mr Rehn.

"RIDBC is committed to providing comprehensive and integrated education and therapy services, ensuring children with vision or hearing loss receive the expert assistance they need to meet their individual communication needs."

During the visit His Excellency and Mrs Hurley were able to meet Anne Lazberger and her therapy dog, Bella.

"Anne and Bella have been visiting children at RIDBC for the last three years," said Chris.

"Bella is a wonderful part of the program at our preschools and schools. Bella helps to provide a soothing and calming environment for the children and assists with their language development. The children look forward to Bella's visits every week and many of their activities are planned around these visits."

As a charity, RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in people's lives.

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