Home' Open Road Western NSW : OR0119 Contents A visit to the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children has highlighted the NRMA’s road safety program success
IN A CELEBRATION of 250,000
students completing its Science and Road
Safety program, the NRMA recently
visited the Royal Institute for Deaf and
Blind Children (RIDBC)at North Rocks,
NSW. The NRMA’s program aims to
empower students with much-needed
knowledge and skills to increase their
safety on the road.
Children with vision and hearing loss
face an increased level of danger on our
roads, but with the right support and
education they can lead safe and
independent lives. The NRMA worked with
teachers at RIDBC to tailor the program
for the students and deliver it in a
meaningful, exciting and memorable way.
Sandi Ambler, head of education at
RIDBC said the program was extremely
valuable for students, as well as being fun
“It extended on the knowledge and
skills our children have been learning in
the classroom and provided them with
additional strategies and resources to
strengthen their ability to be safe in
varying situations,” Ms Ambler explains.
Over the past five years, the NRMA
Science and Road Safety program has
been delivered free to primary school
students at 600 schools throughout
Sydney, regional NSW and the ACT.
During the past 12 months, the NRMA
has also surveyed almost 12,000 students
to gauge the program’s effectiveness and
measure their levels of understanding
before and after completing the program.
The survey found a 79 per cent
increase in knowledge across five critical
road safety areas concerning the correct
fit of seatbelts and bike helmets and safe
behaviour in and around cars.
NRMA chief investment officer Rachel
Wiseman says the results demonstrate
the importance of making sure children
were actively taught about road safety
from an early age.
“ Most children in primary school are
responsible for fitting their own helmets
and seatbelts, yet our research shows
that many don’t know how to do this
correctly,” Ms Wiseman says.
“ We teach students in a step-by-step
way how to fit their safety equipment and
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Road knowledge keeps kids safe
give them a set of strategies to apply as
pedestrians, passengers or cyclists to
increase their safety.”
NRMA chose to partner with the RIDBC,
a charity that is doing excellent work in
delivering education, therapy and cochlear
implant services to children and adults with
vision or hearing loss, allowing them to
lead rich and unlimited lives.
Early assessment of children with
hearing loss is essential to their safety on
the road and this is even more critical in
remote areas of NSW where access to
professional services are harder to access.
RIDBC is currently raising funds so they
can provide 1,000 children in remote NSW
with access to screening and assessment
sessions for hearing loss.
You can support RIDBC in achieving
their goal by visiting their fundraising page
ridbc.org.au/nrma or by phoning 1800 043
411 and making a tax deductible donation.
For more information on the wide range
of services offered by RIDBC, please visit
ridbc.org.au or call their Customer Care
line on 1300 581 391.
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