2016-2020 Strategic Intent

RIDBC 2016 - 2020 Strategic Intent

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is embarking on a new era of service provision for Australians with vision or hearing loss. Over the next 5 years, RIDBC will go through a substantial evolution. We are designing a future to ‘do more’ for those who need us.

Reaching more people, delivering best practice and securing our future

Our 2020 vision is clear:

  • We’ll reach more people through expansion and partnerships.
  • We’ll develop, deliver and demonstrate best practice in everything we do.
  • We’ll secure our future, continuing to strengthen our identity and operations whilst remaining relevant and responsive to the needs of the children, adults, families and professionals who need us.

Our ambition includes:

  • Expanding RIDBC’s reach.
  • Establishing Centres of Excellence for vision and hearing.
  • Relocating within Macquarie University.
  • Establishing new RIDBC Renwick Centre Programs.
  • Reviewing our brand.
  • Increasing performance, efficiency and sustainability of the organisation.

Our mission remains unchanged and unwavering, to provide quality and innovative services, to achieve the best outcomes for current and future generations of Australians with vision or hearing loss. 

We will ensure all current and future children, adults, families and professionals who receive services from RIDBC, as well as our many volunteers, donors and supporters, are kept informed and updated on our plans as they evolve. 

If you would like more information regarding our strategic intent please email strategy@ridbc.org.au or call us on (02) 9871 1233.

Download our 2016 – 2020 Strategic Intent

View our 2016 media coverage here.

RIDBC to begin services in partnership with community preschool and daycare centres

In 2019, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) will partner with community preschools and daycare centres to provide support for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, or vision impaired. The program will allow children with hearing or vision support needs to further integrate with other preschool aged children and attend their local early education setting.

The new program will provide support to children and educators of children with vision or hearing loss, within their own local early education setting. Each child will attend a local education setting (preschool or daycare centre), and RIDBC will provide a defined set of supports to the child and the centre.

RIDBC’s ambition is to reach more people who would benefit from the expert vision and hearing services they provide. Expanding RIDBC’s reach to children who are attending their community early education programs is one vital way in which the organisation can do this.

The development of the program is the result of a thorough review and assessment of RIDBC’s own reverse integration preschool model aligned to industry best practice. The decision is aligned to the Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) National Guidelines for Best Practice, which indicates that most children who are deaf or hard of hearing, or vision impaired are attending their local mainstream long day care or community preschool.

The ECIA Guidelines also “recognise that every child regardless of their needs has the right to participate fully in their family and community life and to have the same choices, opportunities and experiences as other children. Children engaging in their natural environments promotes inclusion through participation in the daily routines at home, in the community and in early childhood settings”.

The new program will launch in 2019 in the Western Sydney and Hunter regions of NSW. RIDBC has operated a reverse integration preschool in each of these locations for over 20 years. In each of these preschools, RIDBC have experienced a significant decline in preschool enrolments over the last few years, as more children are attending their local childcare setting. As such, RIDBC has taken the difficult decision to close the RIDBC Nepean and RIDBC Hunter preschools at the end of the 2018 school year.

Early Learning Programs continue to be an important part of RIDBC’s service mix, and the organisation is committed to continue to deliver a range of programs to best support preschool aged children who are deaf or hard of hearing, or are vision impaired.

The development of the new preschool support program is an exciting addition to RIDBC’s important Early Learning programs, and RIDBC looks forward to seeing the success of the program when it begins in 2019, and the opportunity to reach more people who need their services. The development of this program forms part of RIDBC’s longer term 2016-2020 strategy that aims to ‘do more for those who need us’. Developing world-class early childhood education programs to support children in their local childcare setting is just one way that RIDBC are delivering on this ambition. Ensuring community relevant programs, based on industry best practice is a critical element.

RIDBC is excited for the opportunity to support more children in their local childhood education setting, who need access to vital services.