Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Alice Betteridge School caters for children aged 4 and a half to 18 years who have a significant sensory impairment as well as a mild to moderate intellectual impairment which requires substantial specialist teaching.
RIDBC Alice Betteridge School’s program is founded on the belief that children with sensory impairment should receive the best possible education to assist them to reach their maximum potential.
At RIDBC Alice Betteridge School, students benefit from individualised educational programs that combine academic and functional skills to address the students’ sensory impairment. The school liaises with families to work towards attaining appropriate learning outcomes for each student based on the student’s strengths, and the student’s and family’s aspirations.
Students are taught in small classes by skilled special educators, assisted by teacher aides. They are also supported by a team of specialist staff including therapists and administrative personnel. RIDBC Alice Betteridge School has transdisciplinary therapy team including; speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, an orthoptist, audiologist and psychologist.
RIDBC Alice Betteridge School has a philosophy of child-centred learning. We work closely with families to design, implement and monitor learning programs that will enable each student to achieve their full potential.
In everything we do we are always:
• Respectful to all people: We recognise, accept and embrace diversity and treat everyone with dignity and respect
• Ethical: We are honest, moral and principled
• Child and family focussed: We always come back to the question ‘how will this benefit the child and their family?’
• Sharing knowledge: We create, learn, and share knowledge
• Striving for high quality: We strive to produce the highest possible outcomes in everything we do
• Innovative: We embrace change and look for new ways to achieve our goals.
RIDBC Alice Betteridge School educates children with sensory and intellectual impairment to achieve their maximum potential. We develop an individual plan (lP) for each student to support them to acquire and develop; academic skills, communication skills, social and community skills, vocational skills, domestic and self-care skills, and recreation skills. Each plan is holistic and child-centred, designed collaboratively with input from the student, their family and transdisciplinary school team.
To achieve positive learning outcomes, we assist each student to achieve their communicative potential by utilising a range of communication options such as print, large print, braille or other tactile forms, or in picture symbols.
RIDBC Alice Betteridge School recognises the importance of the family as the basic building block on which children develop new skills. The school has a strong commitment to the partnership between families and school staff. There are a range of special annual activities to which families are invited, including; a sports fun day, family picnic day, open days, parent information sessions and presentation/graduation celebrations.
RIDBC Alice Betteridge School is well resourced and is equipped with a gymnasium, science and technology room, food technology room, senior common room, library, and therapy play rooms. The school playground is landscaped to provide an engaging and enjoyable space for the students to enjoy outdoor activities.
Within the RIDBC North Rocks campus, there is a heated hydrotherapy pool located within the Alice Betteridge School grounds as well as an outdoor 25m pool.
RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government provider of education, therapy, audiology and cochlear implant services for children and adults with vision or hearing loss, and their families.
In addition to RIDBC Alice Betteridge School, RIDBC’s educational services for school age children include:
• RIDBC Garfield Barwick School, for students from Kindergarten to Year 6 who have hearing loss and who are learning to listen and speak with the assistance of hearing aids or cochlear implants
• RIDBC Thomas Pattison School, for students from Kindergarten to Year 10 who are profoundly deaf. The school offers a bilingual program where students learn English and Australian Sign Language (Auslan)
• RIDBC Teleschool, supporting children living in regional, rural and remote communities across Australia through high definition videoconferencing technology
• RIDBC School Support Service, which offers specialist educational services to independent schools that have enrolled students who have a significant vision or hearing loss.
• SCIC Cochlear Implant Program, providing assessment, surgical coordination, mapping and rehabilitation services
• RIDBC Assessment Service, providing specialised assessments and follow-up advice for children and young people with hearing or vision loss, including those with additional disabilities
• RIDBC Plus, providing an innovative and flexible therapy service designed to meet the needs of people with vision or hearing loss, and their families.
RIDBC’s services are delivered with a focus on family centred practice, meaning that RIDBC believe parents and carers have the right to determine what is most important for their child.
RIDBC is a registered provider with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and BetterStart for Children with Disability initiative.
For further information about how RIDBC’s broad range of services can support your child, call:
T: 1300 581 391
F: 02 9871 2196