Staff at Grill’d Kotara learn how to make braille books

Kotara New South WalesNewcastle
  • Local Matters

Through Local Matters, Grill’d Kotara were able to work closely with the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children to learn more about the way children with vision and hearing impairment to communicate.

A shadow, a silhouette, a glowing bright light and shades of darkness. Mouths are moving, voices aren’t heard and perception is completely disjointed from reality. The five senses we are blessed with can dwindle down to four or three. This is the reality of those suffering from vision and/or hearing impairment.

In Australia, 1 in 5 people have some form of disability, which translates to more than 4 million people. Of these, approximately 30,000 are deaf AUSLAN users with total hearing loss and 35,700 are blind or suffer from low vision. Someone who doesn’t suffer from such a disarming disability cannot begin to imagine the trials and tribulations of day-to-day life. Fortunately, there are many organisations tailored to help improve the lives of those suffering, including the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC). 

RIDBC provides education and therapy to children with vision and/or hearing loss from birth to pre-school. The institution also aims to educate families in the skills needed to create the best outcomes for current and future generations of kids suffering from impairment.

Grill’d Kotara first partnered with the RIDBC in June 2015 through Local Matters. The RIDBC runs programs for their early learning centre, pre-school, out-reach, tele-schools and their parents and friends group. Each program participated in the Local Matters program at Kotara and won a total sum of $500. 

Following this, a team of four Kotara Grill’d staff members volunteered for a day at the RIDBC. It was during this time that they learnt about the technology used with the children, were taught how to make Braille books and even learnt some sign language themselves to help communicate with people who have a hearing impairment. 

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