Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
Continuing on our Local Legends initiative from 2017, we are kicking off our first fundraising appeal for 2018 by partnering with the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children. Officially opened in 1991, the center has provided services to hundreds of children and families in the Hunter region and regional remote Australia through a preschool, early learning program, cochlear implant program, parent support groups and early learning groups.
Heavily relying on the community in order to provide these services to children with a disability, the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children work directly with the families of these children in order to provide them with every opportunity to develop their skills and be at the same level as their peers. Their programs heavily focus on maintaining skills, concentrating on development and furthering education in order to allow these children to progress into mainstream schools.
With innovative programs, leading technological advances and a multitude of resources to maintain and fund, the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children are in desperate need of funding and support in order to continue the work they do in the Hunter region and regional remote Australia for children with vision and hearing loss.
The Local Legends Skip-the-line initiative is excited to be able to partner with such a valuable organisation and are hoping to raise both awareness and upwards of $10, 000 for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.
The money raised will make a significant difference to the lives of these children and will specifically go towards establishing an Auslan signing group in the Hunter, updating resources, funding Teleschool for children with hearing or vision loss in regional remote Australia and the purchasing of additional iPads to access and use Auslan resources.
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children Auslan signing group
Within the Hunter region, there is currently no signing groups for those aged 0-5 years old. This significantly impacts the development of young children with hearing and vision loss. The development of children with disabilities in early childhood is essential for early learning and ensuring that these children are given the same opportunities and starts to life.
With adequate funding and fundraising, the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children will be able to establish an Auslan signing group for 0-5 years old’s at the Floraville center right here in the Hunter region. This will create a unique, life-changing program that is desperately needed to give young children every opportunity to develop their skills in bilingual language.
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children Resources
In order to provide services that meet industry standards for childhood education, maintaining resources and continuously updating them is essential. Providing state of the art services that meet industry guidelines for education is a primary focus of the Institute.
This comes at a huge expense to the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children as every child needs a unique and specialized program that caters to their abilities and impairments.
Funding from the Local Legends initiative will go towards purchasing; children’s craft material, sensory bean bags for children, low vision aids, book bundles, braille books, books with signs, puppets, sensory toys and Early Learning Group packages that include things such as craft and cooking materials.
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children Teleschool
In addition to providing services and care to those with vision and hearing loss in the Hunter, the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children provides education and therapy services to children with hearing and/or vision loss in regional remote Australia. In order to do this, the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children use high-quality video conferencing technology in the family home or local facilities as part of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children Teleschool.
The services provided from the Teleschool are tailored, individual programs for each child whether it be intensive regular individual sessions, braille tuition, vision loss support, a lending library, transition to school and school sport, Auslan support and a number of other services and programs.
In order to continue this fantastic education and therapy service to regional, remote Australia the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children needs funding which the fundraising from Local Legends at the Sydney Junction Hotel will go directly towards.
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children Auslan Resources – iPads
The development of technology has significantly aided programs and resources for education and services to children with hearing and vision loss. iPads with downloadable Apps are used in a number of ways for both face to face sessions at the Floraville center and in Teleschool sessions.
Digital Apps are an innovative way to introduce children to Auslan in a fun and engaging manner- also allowing parents and teachers to improve their involvement with Auslan education. Apps such as Listen and Learn, Auslan Tutor and Discover the Park all aim to help and educate children with vision and hearing impairments by providing access to learning programs in advanced, new ways.
The Sydney Junction Hotel hope that by having volunteers from the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children fundraising at the hotel through the Local Legends initiative they can raise awareness and upwards of $10, 000 for the institute.
With one hundred percent of proceeds going directly towards education initiatives, purchasing of additional resources and funding of development programs, the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children will be able continue the work they do both in the Hunter region and remote regional Australian for children with hearing and vision impairments.