Remote Hearing and Vision Services for Children

Remote Hearing and Vision Services for Children (RHVSC) delivers specialist allied health and education services to children, up to the age of 18, with hearing and/or vision impairment in outer regional and remote locations across Australia (including Indigenous communities) via remote service delivery methods. 

Children with hearing and/or vision impairment in regional and rural areas who do not receive early intervention require more intensive assistance in mainstream schools and may miss key development milestones.  Their families face significant hardship in travelling to major cities to receive regular treatment.  This issue is particularly significant in Indigenous communities, where children face a disproportionate likelihood of hearing impairment. 

The RHVSC is provided by The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) through their Teleschool initiative.  RIDBC clients are provided with high-quality, high-definition dedicated videoconferencing technology and software produced by industry leader Polycom.  An Information Technology support person talks the client through setting-up their technology over the phone, and provides any training required in the use of the technology.  RIDBC provides clients with ongoing training in the use of the technology if required.  The high quality of the infrastructure provided means consistent and high quality service delivery leading to positive outcomes for clients.

For further information and an application form contact RIDBC:
Telephone: 1300 131 923
Fax: (02) 9872 0889

Website: www.ridbc.org.au/teleschool

For more information in other languages, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50 and ask them to contact RIDBC on the number above for you.

Intersection with the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Services provided under the RHVSC activity will transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as the scheme rolls out. RHVSC in NDIS sites must be accessed through the NDIS. For more information visit the NDIS website.

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