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Schools Team secure Channel 7 Telethon Grant for Engaging in Eye Gaze: Country Kids Connect

23 May 2022

On Friday April 8 Channel Seven Telethon Trust announced its full list of successful organisations and children’s charities Telethon will proudly be supporting in 2022, and Indigo’s Schools Team is pleased to be a recipient for their Engaging in Eye Gaze: Country Kids Connect project. 

The Schools team have had their first two visits to Albany and Denmark in the Great Southern region and have engaged with three schools in the area. Telehealth training sessions are being implemented with key school staff to introduce and plan the use of strategies to support students’ use of eye gaze technology.

This Engaging in Eye gaze project is utilising the latest eye gaze technology and Indigo’s allied health professionals’ expertise to assist children and young people with complex communication and physical needs to develop communication skills and their ability to actively participate in recreation and educational opportunities. 

Studies have shown increased communication skills and eye gaze access for recreation and environmental control have the potential to increase children’s participation in education and ability to develop friendships and other relationships within their lives.

The project will combine the learnings from previous successful projects conducted in both Metropolitan and regional areas. With the development of an effective, hybrid service delivery model for supporting eye gaze technology, which combines in-person visits and regular telehealth support, it is hoped that all students involved will increase their independence and active participation within the school day as well as demonstrating increased educational and communication outcomes.

Two female Indigo allied health professionals assisting a student in a powered wheelchair  to use an eyegaze deviceFemale Indigo allied health professional presenting on eyegaze in a classroom of education staff