Grants provide benefits across the organisation by diversifying the budget and are critical for RIDBC’s’ capacity to pilot new services, undertake visionary projects, establish programs in new locations, and refurbish centres to accommodate the latest clinical and educational technology.

RIDBC Team Travels to the Bush

A three year grant received from the Profield Foundation Trust is funding RIDBC ‘s Cochlear Implant Program outreach services in Dubbo, Orange, Tamworth, and Wagga Wagga, helping to address the issue of hearing health in regional communities where hearing deficits are present at much higher rates than the general population and under reported due to the social stigma associated with deafness and the perceived need to be away from the farm for extensive periods whilst undergoing testing, treatment and habilitation.

The program being supported by the grant will include regional pop up clinics to provide follow up services for cochlear implantation recipients, first step hearing screening and seminars for local general practitioners, ear nose and throat specialists, audiologists and allied health professionals.

Alice Betteridge School Equipment

The Lazberger Family Fund has provided funding for the special equipment needed by students of the Alice Betteridge School. The grant enabled the purchase of Jenx Supine Standers, high backed swings seats with pommel and safety harnesses, a treadmill with safety features that assists the children improve their independent walking pattern and speed, and braillers for students with limited hand movement control.

Access Technology Equipment Pool

Access Technology is being used to level the playing field for children with vision loss, bringing them closer to being defined by their achievements not by their disability.

The Morpheus Foundation provided a grant to purchase additional devices that will ensure staff can trial the most relevant device that meets each child’s individual braille learning needs.

Early Literacy Development Program

The Morpheus Foundation also provided funding for the Early Literacy Development Program. Sighted children learn to read through exposure to print and picture. Consistent exposure to braille and large print books, eBooks and tactile picture books is how children with significant vision impairment will develop early literacy concepts.

This project, co-funded by the Denton Family Trust, will assist RIDBC ensure more children who are blind or have low vision have access to appropriate resources that will support their early literacy development and promote opportunities for shared reading with family members and peers.

Incy Wincy Signers Playgroup Program Development Project

The majority of deaf children are born into hearing families who have no previous exposure to Auslan.

A trial playgroup, funded by the Maple-Brown Family Foundation, is being conducted where parents of babies and toddlers who are using Auslan participate in weekly morning tea sessions. Activities include craft, puzzles, building games and drawing, singing and reading.

An interpreter attends to support the young parents to communicate with the Deaf mums and Deaf staff. The session is delivered in Auslan to model for the parents how to engage in play activities using sign language.

Braille Mathematics Program Development Project

At the present time, there is a severe shortage of training programs that provide teachers with the knowledge and skills required to enable equitable inclusion in mathematics for learners who use the sense of touch to access and communicate information.

The project team will use the recently developed online braille training programs, Unified English Braille (UEB) Online and Accessible UEB Online, as the basis for creating a linked series of lessons that can be accessed through online user registration combined with internet access.

The project will improve the quality of education outcomes for mathematics students with vision impairment through the provision of a comprehensive, high quality online training program in braille mathematics and the supporting teaching and learning activities. This will in turn increase the inclusive nature of education.

This is a significant long term project is being undertaken with funding provided by the Skipper-Jacobs Charitable Trust, Duchen Family Foundation, Thomas Hare Investments Trust, JLDJS Foundation and the Sibley Endowment.

Grant Funders 2018

ANZ Staff Foundation
Ausgrid Employees' Children's Appeal
Australian Chinese Charity Foundation
Birchall Family Foundation Trust
Brian M Davis Charitable Foundation
Bridgewater Foundation
Bruce & Joy Reid Trust
Commonwealth Bank Foundation
Cuneo Gibson Foundation
Datt Family Foundation
Duchen Family Foundation
Gladys Stone Foundation
Henson Foundation

James N Kirby Foundation
JLDJS Foundation
Kathleen Breen Children's Charity Trust
Kool Nominees
Lazberger Family Fund
Liangrove Foundation
Maple-Brown Family Foundation
Marich Foundation
Michael and Mary Whelan Trust
Mutual Assistance Society, Sydney
Nell & Hermon Slade Trust
Olsson Property Group Trust
Parramore Family Foundation

Payne Family Charitable Fund
Sibley Endowment
Skipper-Jacobs Charitable Trust
Telstra Foundation Limited
The Amelia Eliza Holland Trust
The Belalberi Foundation
The Denton Family Trust
The Dick and Pip Smith Foundation
The Donald Boden Memorial Trust
The F M Bradford Endowment
The George Lewin Foundation
The Hargrove Foundation
The Hildanna Foundation

The J & G Bedwell Endowment
The John Bedwell Endowment
The Johnson Family Foundation
The Lady Fairfax Charitable Trust
The Morpheus Foundation
The Perpetual Foundation
The Profield Foundation Trust
The R A Gale Foundation
The Rydge Foundation
The Shaw Foundation
The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust
Thomas Hare Investments Trust
U & A Foundation

We greatly appreciate every contribution received and would welcome the opportunity to provide details of project and program funding needs for 2019 and beyond. 

If this would be of interest, please contact RIDBC’s Grant Program Manager on (02) 9872 0249.