What was VidKids™?
The VidKids™ pilot aimed to provide services to children with hearing or vision loss living in remote and outer regional areas using video conferencing. The pilot concluded on 30 June 2015.
The pilot was funded through the federal Department of Social Services (DSS) and utilises video conferencing to stream therapy, counselling, diagnostic services, technological assistance and education support into the homes of children living in regional and remote areas of Australia.
The VidKids™ consortium was made up of members of the First Voice national service network, Deaf Children Australia, VisAbility and Vision Australia. This combination of organisations provided the experience and commitment to cater for the diverse needs of children with vision and/or hearing loss in regional and remote areas.
Although the Pilot has ended, the VidKids™ consortium members still support hearing and vision impaired children in regional and remote areas. Please refer to the organisations below who may be able to support your child.
Deaf Children Australia
All States and Territories
Deaf Children Australia’s purpose is to remove barriers to the personal development and the social inclusion of children and young people who are deaf.
T: Caroline Doutre (03) 9539-5317
The Hear and Say Centre
Queensland and Northern Territory
A leading paediatric auditory-verbal and cochlear implant centre, The Hear and Say Centre has been teaching children who are deaf or hearing impaired to listen and speak since 1992. The centre is a charity based in Brisbane, which operates regional centres on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Townsville and Toowoomba and an outreach program for rural and remote children.
T: Michelle Von Muralt on 07 3850 2111
Victoria and Tasmania
Taralye, the oral language centre for deaf children, is Victoria’s leading oral language centre, which provides services to deaf and hearing-impaired children and their families throughout the State. Taralye is a not-for-profit organisation located in Blackburn, Victoria, which supports young hearing impaired children (0-6 years) and their families. Taralye offers a range of programs from early intervention and early childhood programs.
T: (03) 9877 1300
Telethon Speech and Hearing
Established in 1967, Telethon Speech and Hearing is a long established non-profit organisation that teaches children with speech and language or hearing impairments to listen and speak. Located at Wembley, the centre offers playgroup, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and pre-primary programs as well as support programs for school-aged children.
T:(08) 9387 9888
The Cora Barclay Centre
South Australia and Northern Territory
The Cora Barclay Centre provides family centred auditory-verbal therapy for children who are deaf or hearing impaired and wear hearing aids, cochlear implants or other listening devices. Centrally located in North Adelaide, the centre offers auditory-verbal therapy, music and parent infant programs for 0-6 year olds and specialist support services for school students up to the age of 18 years.
T: 08 8267 9200
The Shepherd Centre
New South Wales, Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory
The Shepherd Centre teaches deaf and hearing-impaired children how to listen and speak. Established in 1970, The Shepherd Centre operates five centres in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Centres are located at Darlington, Liverpool, Roseville, Wollongong and Canberra. The Shepherd Centre also works with families in rural and remote areas and overseas via its residential workshop and correspondence programs.
T: Danielle Slack 02 9370 4403
All States and Territories
Vision Australia is a partnership between people who are blind, sighted or have low vision. We are united by our passion that people who are blind or have low vision will have access to and fully participate in every part of life they choose.
T: Susannah Kinny 07 3727 2251
Our mission is to maximise the quality of life of people who are blind or vision impaired by building confidence, promoting wellness and creating connection.
To work in partnership with families to maximise the participation and independence of children with vision impairment in personal and community life.
T: Sebastian DellaMaddalena 1800 847 466