The Renwick Centre is an affiliated Centre of the University of Newcastle that is administered by, and located within, the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) in Sydney.
The Renwick Centre provides:
- Postgraduate coursework and research degree programs in special education in the areas of deafness and hearing impairment and blindness and vision impairment.
- Programs for professionals working with children with disabilities in areas such as auditory-verbal therapy and orientation and mobility.
- An extensive program of continuing professional education for teachers and associated professionals working with children with sensory disabilities .
Firstchance is a not for profit organisation which operates both Early Childhood Intervention and School Aged Programs. Firstchance runs its programs with a combination of government grants, parent fees and money raised through fundraising activities. All Firstchance programs have a family-centred approach to the provision of services and operate according to the philosophy that all children should receive the best possible opportunities to promote optimal development.
The Early Childhood Intervention - Professional Development Project is part of the Stronger Together initiative of ADHC. The central aim of this project is to provide a practical step-by-step process for staff working in early childhood intervention services and education that will maximise the social and communicative involvement of the children they support.
- Promote and develop the use of key word signing throughout Australia, for the benefit of people with communication difficulties.
- Support a state network of Key Word Sign Representatives.
- Ensure a high standard of training of Key Word Sign Presenters.
- Up-date and develop new key word signing resources appropriate to Australia.
- Provide for the sale and distribution of Key Word Sign resources across Australia.
- Be a source of information on all maters relating to key word signing in Australia.
Transitioning into training, education and employment are important steps for all students. If you are a person with disability aged 15 to 64, you can receive support with this transition through the National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) program.