President of the World Federation of the Deaf visits RIDBC

Colin Allen with RIDBC Thomas Pattison School studentsThe President of the World Federation of the Deaf, Colin Allen, with (l-r) Isam, Lauren and Gillian

The recently appointed President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), Colin Allen, visited the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Thomas Pattison School today, Thursday 25 August.

Mr Allen was born in Sydney and was schooled on the RIDBC site at what was called the North Rocks School for the Deaf and managed by the Department of Education.

Mr Allen was appointed to the position of President of the WFD at last month’s WFD General Assembly in South Africa, and he returned to RIDBC to visit RIDBCThomas Pattison School to address the students at the school assembly and to listen to a performance by the school’s Signing Choir.

RIDBC Thomas Pattison School Principal, Julie Kirkness, welcomed the opportunity to give Mr Allen an insight into the school program.

“We were delighted to have Mr Allen visit RIDBC Thomas Pattison School,” said Julie Kirkness. “We where able to show him a number of our programs, all of which are aimed at providing students with the immersive language experience that remains so critical to their education outcomes.”

“Specialist education greatly maximises the learning opportunities for children who are deaf or have a hearing impairment. It is fantastic to have an old student of the North Rocks site visit, especially given that Mr. Allen is a great role model for our students. They very much enjoyed his visit.”

Students who attend the RIDBC Thomas Pattison School are deaf and bi-lingual. They communicate using Auslan (Australian Sign Language) and English.

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children provides assistance to over 1000 children with significant hearing or vision impairment and their families across Australia. Over 2800 more receive diagnostic, assessment and screening services each year.