RIDBC hosts its biggest ever Braille Camp

Children with vision impairment at RIDBC Teleschool Braille Camp 2018 Children at Braille Camp enjoying a visit to Cockatoo Island

This week RIDBC hosted 40 regional and remote-based families, with children who are blind or have low vision, at a four-day Braille Camp in Sydney.

These families represent some of the many families RIDBC supports through its Teleschool service that is celebrating its 10 year anniversary. RIDBC Teleschool provides education and therapy services to children with hearing or vision loss in regional remote Australia, using high quality videoconferencing technology in the family home or other local facilities.

“Children who access RIDBC Teleschool services often live in small remote, regional towns and because of that they don't always have access to professionals with specialist skills in hearing or vision impairment”, said Tracey McCann, Head of Teleschool.

RIDBC Teleschool Braille Camps have been running for the past eight years. However, the Braille Camp held this week was the biggest one so far with over 150 people in attendance including children who are blind or with low vision, their parents and siblings.

The aim of the Braille Camp is for braille reading students to meet and play as well as practise their braille skills alongside other braille reading students. It also provides the opportunity for their parents and siblings who join them on the camp, to network with other families and learn from the experiences of others.

This week’s Camp held at ACPE (Australian College of Physical Education) at Sydney Olympic Park, offered the opportunity to experience some exciting activities including trapeze, judo, a frog/wetlands activity, visits to Cockatoo Island and the Opera House, a stair climbing exercise, as well as braille/tactile activities.

Hyundai Help for Kids who has supported RIDBC Teleschool camps for many years was at this week’s camp to lend a helping hand. They provide incredible support to the children and their families via a tactile graphics production machine, chauffer driven cars rides, Braille and tactile play mats, to name just a few.

If you are interested in learning Braille, RIDBC has created the world’s first eLearning braille course, UEB Online. This award winning online course is designed to help people who can see, support the people in their life that are using braille as a vital part of their communication. To find out more visit: http://bit.ly/UEBOnline UEB Online Accessible is for people who are blind or have low vision http://bit.ly/UEBaccess

To find out more about RIDBC Teleschool visit www.ridbc.org.au/teleschool

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.