In January, RIDBC hosted its biggest Braille Camp yet. The Camp took place in Sydney over four days, with 40 regional and remote-based families attending. RIDBC Teleschool Braille Camps have been running for the past eight years. However, the Braille Camp held in January was the biggest one so far with over 150 people in attendance including children who are blind or with low vision, their parents and siblings.
These families represent some of the many families RIDBC supports through Teleschool, which is celebrating over 10 years of service. RIDBC Teleschool provides education and therapy services to children with hearing or vision loss in regional or remote Australia, using high quality videoconferencing technology in the family home or other local facilities.
The aim of the Braille Camp is for braille-reading students to meet and play as well as practise their braille skills alongside other braille-reading students. It also provides the opportunity for their parents and siblings who join them on the Camp, to network with other families and learn from the experiences of others. Some of the exciting activities experienced at the Camp included trapeze, judo, a frog/wetlands activity, visits to Cockatoo Island and the Opera House, and a stair climbing exercise.
Hyundai Help for Kids who has supported RIDBC Teleschool camps for many years was at the Camp to lend a helping hand. They provide incredible support to the children and their families via a tactile graphics production machine, chauffer driven car rides, braille and tactile play mats, to name just a few.
If you are interested in learning Braille, RIDBC has created the world’s first eLearning braille course, UEB Online. This award winning online course is designed to help people who can see, support the people in their life that are using Braille as a vital part of their communication. To find out more visit: http://bit.ly/UEBOnline
UEB Online Accessible is for people who are blind or have low vision http://bit.ly/UEBaccess