Sydney Roosters launch iPad app for deaf children at RIDBC

RIDBC Students with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Michael Jennings from the Sydney Roosters

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Michael Jennings from the Sydney Roosters helped launch an iPad app at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) on Monday, 12 August.

Aimed at helping children to develop their listening and language skills, the app also provides parents with techniques and strategies to assist them in fostering these important skills.

Click here to download the app!

Currently sitting at the top of the NRL ladder, the Roosters have had a phenomenal season which has resulted in a bumper year of contributions to the Steggles Sydney Roosters Charity Nest – a charity initiative which raises much needed funds for Australian children’s charities.  

In 2013, RIDBC was named the Steggles Sydney Roosters Charity Nest ‘Charity of Choice’ - a partnership which has provided not only much-needed funds, but also an outstanding opportunity to raise awareness of the work of RIDBC.

The donations received by RIDBC will go toward purchasing iPads for children accessing RIDBC services.

RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn, said that early diagnosis along with advances in technologies such as high-powered hearing aids and cochlear implants have ensured children who are deaf have more opportunities than ever to reach their potential.

“Increasingly, mainstream technology such as the iPad is helping to provide access for children with hearing loss,” said RIDBC Chief Executive, Chris Rehn. 

“Resources such as the app we’ve developed, enhance the learning experience for children who are deaf and reinforce the important listening skills they will need to learn language – but in a fun and engaging way,” he said. 

The Incy Wincy Spider app is the fourth in a series of apps based around popular children’s songs, offering sing-a-long music and interactive games aimed at reinforcing a child’s listening and language skills. Download the app here.

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

The Steggles Sydney Roosters Charity Nest sees Steggles, major sponsor of the Sydney Roosters, donate $1000 for every point the Roosters beat the opposition by in 2013, while the Roosters contribute $250 per point. Additionally, in 2013 the Sydney Roosters will contribute $1,000 for each win by their under 20s Toyota Cup team. Since 2010, Steggles and the Sydney Roosters have raised over $1 million.