RIDBC to attend festival celebrating Deaf and hard of hearing people

19/10/17
Deaf Festival at ParramattaDeaf Festival at Parramatta
As part of National Week of Deaf People, commencing with the Deaf Festival on Saturday October 21st on the north side of Parramatta River, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) will host a stall at the Festival where you can find out about its full range of programs and services. 
 
RIDBC, a registered provider with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), has a range of programs and services including early learning programs, allied health and therapy services, SCIC Cochlear Implant Program, and educational services such as the RIDBC Thomas Pattison School. The School provides a quality bilingual educational program for Deaf students who use Auslan (Australian Sign Language) and English in its spoken and written form. 
 
The Festival is a community celebration of the diversity of Deaf and hard of hearing people through a family-friendly fair day. It provides a great opportunity to experience the Deaf community at an event hosted by the Deaf community. Fun activities include jumping castles and plaster painting for the kids, performances, games, market stalls and great food. There is also the opportunity to experience Auslan sign language first-hand.
 
RIDBC is a clinic partner of Cochlear who is sponsoring the Deaf Festival as well as the Coleman Greig Challenge that is being held the day before the Deaf Festival in Parramatta Park on Friday October 20. The Challenge raises funds for RIDBC, St Gabriel’s School and My Westmead.
 
"We are committed to supporting the Deaf Festival and Coleman Greig Challenge to help people with hearing loss connect with others and live a full life," says Janet Menzies, General Manager, Cochlear Australia and New Zealand.
To find out more about the Deaf Festival visit deafsocietynsw.org.au/events
 
To learn more about the Coleman Greig Challenge and how to make a donation visit colemangreigchallenge2017.gofundraise.com.au
 
RIDBC is a charity and 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. 
 
RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in people's lives