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December 19, 2019

Through the Australian Turf Club Foundation, the Shepherd Centre received a grant for their school readiness program in 2019.

The Shepherd Centre is a registered charity, founded by Dr Bruce Shepherd AM and his late wife Annette to provide a family-centred early intervention program to teach children born deaf or hearing impaired how to develop spoken language.

Since 1970, The Shepherd Centre has assisted more than 2,500 children who are deaf or hearing impaired, to improve their quality of life. The organisation is recognised as a world leader in the field of early intervention Listening and Spoken Language therapy, providing families with assistance to develop their child’s spoken language, so they can unlock their complete potential and participate fully in society.

Today, The Shepherd Centre provides a range of services to over 500 families across five centres in NSW and the ACT, as well as outreach support across Tasmania and rural/remote Australia.

The vast majority of children graduating from The Shepherd Centre’s world-leading program achieve spoken language at the same level as normal hearing children by the time they are ready for school. These outcomes have earned The Shepherd Centre an international reputation as a centre of excellence in helping children with hearing loss learn to listen and speak.

The ATC Foundation Grant helped the Shepherd Centre graduate 42 children to “big school” next year and helped support 157 families in rural and regional Australia.

The Shepherd Centre sent a special video from their kids, families and staff, thanking the Australian Turf Club Foundation for its generous and life-changing support over the past year.

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