Recognising 150 Years Of Service To Children With Hearing And Vision Impairments

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Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities 

and Carers

22 October 2010

Recognising 150 years of service to children with hearing     

and vision impairments 

The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, today

congratulated the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children for 150 years of

educational services to children with hearing and/or vision impairment.

Today marks 150 years since Thomas Pattison, a deaf migrant from Scotland, began

teaching seven deaf children in a converted house in Sydney.

The Institute has now grown to become Australia’s largest independent special

educator, providing education and support to more than 950 children and their

families across Australia each year.

Senator McLucas said the Institute deserved recognition for 150 years of life-

changing service to children with hearing and vision impairment.

The Government has committed to delivering additional early intervention services

for children under six with a diagnosis of a listed disability, including hearing and/or

vision impairment, through the A Better Start for Children with Disability program.

Families will receive financial support of up to $12,000 (a maximum of $6,000 per

year) to access intensive early intervention therapies and treatments from health


We know that intensive early intervention in the pre-school years can be very

effective for children with hearing and/or vision impairment.

I look forward to working with the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children to

improve the lives of people with disability.

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