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ERIC Number: EJ996542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0042-8639
RIDBC Teleschool[TM]: A Hub of Expertise
McCarthy, Melissa
Volta Review, v112 n3 p373-381 Win 2012
The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is Australia's largest independent special education provider and one of Australia's oldest charities. Founded in 1860 in Sydney, Australia, RIDBC seeks to provide high quality, innovative education and therapy to children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families. RIDBC initially developed a telepractice pilot program that relied on existing Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) connections to link families in the country with professionals in the city. In 2004, the Australian Federal Government recognized the success of the RIDBC pilot project and provided funding to expand the program nationwide. The national program became known as RIDBC Teleschool[TM] and focused on the use of in-home technology to provide consistent service to rural children who were deaf and hard of hearing. The growth of RIDBC Teleschool from a small pilot project to a well-established national program required a significant amount of reflection, revision, and training, which resulted in the development of a shared pedagogy for effective telepractice. RIDBC Teleschool has created a hub of expertise by combining this shared pedagogy with dedicated technology and highly qualified professionals to provide regular, ongoing family-centered intervention and services for school-aged children. RIDBC Teleschool continues to explore innovative technology solutions in an effort to enhance and expand its existing telepractice program. As other agencies begin to adopt the use of telepractice, RIDBC Teleschool provides a model for the successful application of new and emerging technologies to meet the needs of children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families regardless of their location.
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 3417 Volta Place NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 202-337-5220; Fax: 202-337-8314; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia